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New Zealand Driving Map Christchurch / Milford Sound / Christchurch


Start: Christchurch
Finish: Christchurch
Recommended Length: 12 Days
Distance: 2378 km (1486 miles)

This route takes you right around the South Island. From Christchurch you’ll follow the coast to Oamaru, where you can see the amazing Moeraki Boulders. Dunedin has history and wildlife experiences on offer before you drive across Southland to Lake Te Anau and spectacular Milford Sound. Have fun in Queenstown and Wanaka, where adventure and indulgence are available in equal quantities, then explore the soulful West Coast between Haast and Westport. The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki are highlights. Beaches, wine and art are things to enjoy around Nelson and Blenheim, while in Kaikoura you can get close to whales and dolphins. Shop for wine in the Waipara Valley as you return to Christchurch.



Travel time  


Day 1

Christchurch to Oamaru

3.25 hr


Day 2

Oamaru to Dunedin

1.5 hr


Day 3

Dunedin to Te Anau

4 hr


Day 4

Te Anau to Te Anau

3 hr


Day 5

Te Anau to Queenstown

2.25 hr


Day 6

Queenstown to Wanaka

1.25 hr


Day 7

Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier

3.75 hr


Day 8

Franz Josef Glacier to Greymouth

2.25 hr


Day 9

Greymouth to Nelson

4.25 hr


Day 10

Nelson to Blenheim

1.5 hr


Day 11

Blenheim to Kaikoura

1.75 hr


Day 12

Kaikoura to Christchurch

2.25 hr


Totals for Driving Route

31 hr


Key Scenic highlights along the way:

› Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
› Lake Manapouri
› Larnach Castle
› Milford Sound
› Milford, Hollyford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks
› Lake Manapouri becomes River Anduin
› Cardrona Valley - South of Rivendell
› Lake Wanaka and Hawea
› Cardrona Valley- Gold Mining History
› Mt Iron
› West Coast Glaciers
› Westland/Tai Poutini National Park




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