Fly or drive from Queenstown to Christchurch?

Jul 31st, 2003, 12:34 PM
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Fly or drive from Queenstown to Christchurch?

should we fly or drive from Queenstown to Christchurch? Is it a scenic drive? How long does it take?

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Jul 31st, 2003, 12:40 PM
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drive...IMO all of New Zealand is scenic and beautiful. We drove both islands and can't wait to go back.
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Jul 31st, 2003, 12:59 PM
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Do you know how long os a drive it is?
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Jul 31st, 2003, 01:27 PM
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it's about 7 hrs but if I recall we stayed overnight somewhere along the way...in a B&B right on a lake.
We planned our driving so that we were not on the road for long stretches and very rarely after dark. We drove both the north & south islands.
You can do a google search for driving distances in New Zealand and get some ideas. Hope this helps.
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Jul 31st, 2003, 02:05 PM
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I think we broke it up by staying in Dunedin, which is a very nice town with interesting things to do. I totally agree that every place we saw in the south island was scenic and beautiful.
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 03:53 AM
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It's 301 miles from Queenstown to Christchurch and takes about six hours.

The drive on SH 1 will take you through the Canterbury Plains, which are rather flat and unexciting.

I think the drive will be prettier if you go via Cromwell, Twizel and Lake Tekapo, then pick up SH 1 near Timaru.

If you're not pressed for time, you could always stop overnight along the way somewhere like Lake Tekapo.

Dunedin is out of the way if you're just trying to get from Queenstown to Christchurch. It's an interesting place to visit however.
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