Advice needed Christchurch to Queenstown Drive (August)

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  1. SnowBound

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    So my Wife and I have decided to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown in August this year.

    This'll be my first time doing the drive so I was looking for any advice on:

    a) Places to stop (not overnight, just for photos or lunch etc).
    b) Route to take (being aware of snow and ice etc).
    c) What to expect (setting off from CC early morning on a Friday).

    Love some feedback from those who have done it.

    Thanks legends.
     
  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty
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    My favoured route is
    Out to Darfield
    Then down pass Mt Hutt
    Geraldine
    Fairlie
    Lunch at Tekapo

    Photos Tekapo
    Pukaki

    Then Tarras
    Cromwell
    QT
     
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  3. Fozzie Bear

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    Fairlie for the pies....... though probably available in Tekapo (were at Round Hill)
     
  4. Donzah

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    Except for the lines at fairlie bakery
     
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  5. Fozzie Bear

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    Avoid if tour bus outside
     
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  6. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal
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    Have driven straight down the coast once as well as the routes described above several times.
    Your can’t go wrong and both are spectacular.
     
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  7. Zimbooo

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    If you have time after scoffing down pies, just past Twizel is a Salmon Farm. Catch your own (in about 10 seconds), cook it at accom in QT when you get there if you have a kitchen. Bit of fun.
    P.S. Sore neck on left side from looking right for hours on end during the drive.
     
  8. Zimbooo

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    Just one more thought.........If you do have time and a bit of cash, consider a stop over in Tekapo and take a flight over Mt Cook and surrounds. AMAZING!
     
  9. Legs Akimbo

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    Or if you have a couple of spare days, and the weather works, zip over Arthur's Pass to the West Coast and zap back over the Haast Pass to Queenstown.
     
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  10. Donzah

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    *bridges notwithstanding
     
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  11. Zimbooo

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    Train to Greymouth, then hire car from Greymouth is what we have done. Was spectacular!!!
     
  12. Libelle

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    And just down the road is Omarama, take a glider flight into the alps.
     
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  13. Donzah

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    Funny.
    I had a great pie there
    Was only a jimmys.. But damn it was good
     
  14. teckel

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    Greymouth is a dump. But, big but, the drive from Chch to Kumara & south to Haast is spectacular. Not sure if you'd get over Arthurs Pass in the winter though. Train to Greymouth probably a good idea, just get out of Greymouth as soon as you get the car.
     
  15. Donzah

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    Grey is funny.
    It's changed. Yet it hasn't.
    Hokitika is just down the road.
    Driftwood. Sunsets and black sand .
     
  16. Harper11

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    Done the drive many times
    As has been said hard to go wrong
     
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    If you take the usual route and end up on State highway 8 the first part is through undulating green farmland. Near Lake Tekapo you move into a plain between 2 ranges which is fairly dry but with spectacular views of southern alps. If you have low level snow the most dodgy section will be Lindis Pass past Omarama. Around Cromwell you move back into farmland with some great wineries (Central Otago region). Recommend visiting one or two if you have time.
     
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  18. Donzah

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    I hate.
    With passion.
    The flat straight version to Ashburton.
    Shithouse rd
     
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  20. dan72

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    This is one awesome drive, hard work keeping yours eye on the road as a driver LOL
     
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  21. Zimbooo

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    Good Fush n Chups in Greymouth!!
     
  22. teckel

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    Possibly. But Invercargill doesn't even have that! Greymouth shits all over Invercargill. ;)
     
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    I think that image copied really badly.
    But this was the route I took, similar to some mentioned above. Absolutely all time driving and views. Defs stop for a fairlie pie, pics in tekapo and twizel, drive up to Mt. Cook if you have time.
    Jackson Orchards also in Cromwell also does an good tour of their grounds and gives you about 5kg fresh fruit.
     
  24. Donzah

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    No to the road to Ashburton thanks
    Boring as hell. Straight flat and full of trucks
    Head inland to 77

    Re the west coast route
    This is the only way to drive down the coast at the moment
    Road is shut at FJ to Fox
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    Reason why
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  26. Legs Akimbo

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    Anticipated opening on 12 April

    Next problem!
     
  27. Kenziepettit

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    Yeah that was probably the most uneventful part of the journey tbh.
    I dont usually recommend west coast unless you want to do club fields or glaciers
    There's nothing over there. Around castle hill was nice, otherwise we always go the main way down.
     
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    Suggestion for Mt Cook village and surround here. If off the track but amazing easy day walks amongst the galciers and big hills. I happily exchanged skiing days for some walking around there.
     
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  29. SnowBound

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    Really appreciate the responses guys. Thank you.
     
  30. Donzah

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    Weather dependent
     
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  31. SnowBound

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    How's this?

     
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  32. snowgum

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    The resident Kiwis here would not better than I. But I've done 3-4 of winter crossings of Lindis Pass - one at night. Definitely try to time it for a day crossing and take the long descent towards Cromwell carefully.
     
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