Wanaka to Franz Josef

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Distance & Duration

286km/178mi, 3hr 40mins


Today’s spectacular route leads from drier climate on the east side of the New Zealand Alps to the green wilderness of the West Coast. You'll pass Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, heading through Makarora along one of the finest scenic routes in New Zealand. 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.

Itineraries Including Wanaka to Franz Josef