Distance & Duration
350km/218mi, 4hr 50mins
Considering the amount of beautiful sights along this section, adding a night in Wanaka between Queenstown and Franz Josef is recommended.
Todays scenic journey leads from the drier climate on the east side of the New Zealand Alps to the green wilderness of the West Coast. Head over the Crown Range and through Wanaka passing glacial lakes on your way to Haast Pass. Stop by some of the impressive waterfalls that line the route, making your way along the winding Haast Pass Highway as it descends down a narrow valley between towering mountains. Stop by the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre at Haast before heading up the coast to the glaciers.