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Driving Route : Queenstown - Wellington - Auckland

Start: Queenstown
Finish: Auckland
Recommended Length: 11 Days
Distance: 2,652 km (1,658 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
Queenstown to Mt Cook Village
3.25 hrs 258 161
Day 2
Mt Cook Village to Christchurch
4.75 hrs 375 234
Day 3
Christchurch to Kaikoura
2.25 hrs 184 115
Day 4
Kaikoura to Wellington
5.25 hrs 255 159
Day 5
Wellington to Martinborough
1 hr 79 49
Day 6
Martinborough to Napier
4 hrs 281 176
Day 7
Napier to Gisborne
4.25 hrs 342 214
Day 8
Gisborne to Whakatane
5 hrs 386 241
Day 9
Whakatane to Tauranga
1.5 hrs 112 70
Day 10
Tauranga to Coromandel
2.75 hrs 214 134
Day 11
Coromandel to Auckland
2 hrs 166 104
Totals for Driving Route 36 hrs 2,652 1,658

Alpine Scenery to Coastal Sands

Alpine Scenery to Coastal Sands

This south to north route takes you from alpine scenery to coastal sands.

The country towns on the road to Mt Cook are a peaceful contrast to the activity of Queenstown.

Enjoy mountain walks before you move on to the many attractions of Christchurch.

Go whale watching in Kaikoura, then enjoy the vineyards of Marlborough.

A ferry trip takes you to Wellington for a drop of kiwi culture.

Focus on wine and food between Martinborough and Gisborne, then follow the coast around East Cape and the Bay of Plenty for surf and sunshine.

En route to Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula keeps you fascinated with its old gold towns and beaches.

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