The Crown Range route from Wanaka to Queenstown is the highest main road in New Zealand at 1121 metres travels up the Cardrona Valley, an area that was abuzz during the Otago gold rush of the 1860s.
The Cardrona Hotel (Est. 1863) is one of New Zealands oldest hotels and is a great place to stop for a meal and a pint. They also offer quality accommodation.
One of the most spectacular coastal highways in New Zealand, that leads to Punakaiki at the foot of the Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki is famous for it’s Pancake Rocks, a unique natural attraction. Layers of water sculpted limestone, resembling stacks of pancakes with water worn passages through which jets of seawater are forced in high seas.
The two mighty glaciers of Fox and Franz Joseph, unsurpassed views of New Zealand’s two highest mountains, Aoraki-Mount Cook and Mount Tasman and the lowland rainforest of Westland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Add to this, unique wildlife and numerous pristine Lakes including the world-famous mirror lake, Lake Matheson.
The Milford Road tranverses some spectacular alpine scenery, travelling from Te Anau up the Eglinton and Holyford Valleys, Homer Tunnel and on to Milford Sound.Taking a cruise of the sounds by launch gives a unique opportunity to get close up views of some of the best scenery Fiordland has to offer.
Queenstown is the action capital of the South Island. Whether it’s bungy jumping or jet boating, shopping, visiting Wineries of the Central Otago region or playing one of the scenic golf courses in the region, there is something for all visitors to this spectacular mountainous area.
At 3724 metres, New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki-Mount Cook in the Mount Cook National Park is only four and a half hours drive from Christchurch. This area offers many attractions including rewarding walks of varying difficulty, scenic flights, glacier lake exploration and more.