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Driving Route : Christchurch - Queenstown - Christchurch

Start: Christchurch
Finish: Christchurch
Recommended Length: 5 Days
Distance: 1,237 km (773 miles)

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Route Summary

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel Time Km (Miles)
Day 1
Christchurch to Mt Cook Village
4.25 hrs 334 209
Day 2
Mt Cook Village to Queenstown
3.25 hrs 258 161
Day 3
Queenstown to Dunedin
3.5 hrs 280 175
Day 4
Dunedin to Oamaru
1.5 hrs 119 74
Day 5
Oamaru to Christchurch
3.25 hrs 246 154
Totals for Driving Route 15.75 hrs 1,237 773

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From the Sea to the Sky

From the Sea to the Sky

This far-reaching road adventure takes you from sea level to the highest point of New Zealand.

You'll begin with the flat green tranquillity of the Canterbury Plains, but it won't be long before you climb to the tussocky wilds of the high country.

Amazing smoky turquoise lakes announce your arrival in the Aoraki Mt Cook region, a place for outdoor pursuits.

Amid the Southern Alps you'll discover the magic of Queenstown, where adventure and indulgence are available in equal quantities.

A memorable journey through the gold towns of Central Otago takes you to Dunedin, a heritage city with a reputation for outstanding eco experiences.

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