Touring Routes

Queenstown to Christchurch

A breathtaking road trip from Queenstown to Christchurch via the West Coast, have your camera ready!




4 days,3 nights


460 mi / 741 km



Day One

2 hours 47 mins, 209 km

Day 1: Queenstown to Haast

Journey through to Lake Wanaka and see the famous tree.

Take in the wonders of this World Heritage area.

Explore Fantail Falls and Ships Creek.

Stay the night in Haast.

Around Haast

Day Two

1 hour 56 mins, 144 km

Day 2: Haast to Fox Glacier

Journey by car into Glacier Country.

Sign up for a heli-hike on Fox Glacier.

Explore Lake Matheson.

Stay the night in Fox Glacier.

Around Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

Day Three

2 hours 5 mins, 166 km

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Kumara

Drive through to Hokitika, take in the many jade shops, then venture out to explore Hokitika Gorge.

Continue through to Kumara.

Explore the historic baths of Kumara.

Go by bike and venture on the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Dine and stay at the Royal Theatre Hotel in Kumara.

Around Hokitika

Day Four

2 hours 50 mins, 222 km

Day 4: Kumara to Christchurch

Continue through to Canterbury and drive through Arthur’s Pass.

Around Hokitika

Itinerary Map

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