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The West Coast Region Tour via Queenstown (Part II)

Estimated Travel Period: 10 Days, about 13 hours 40 mins
Estimated Travel Distance: 1,142 kms

Best Time To Travel

You can look forward to great camping weather between Summer and Autumn (December to May). If you are considering doing the tour in Winter (June to August) or Spring (September to November), just remember that it can be very chilly. Get snow chains for the motorhome and pack plenty of warm clothes. Get tips on what to pack with What To Bring On Your New Zealand Holiday

Discover the best-kept secrets of Otago, West Coast Region and Canterbury with an itinerary that takes you to the natural attractions of the South Island. 
Your self-drive adventure is made easier with MyDriveHoliday, since the best holiday parks are already listed in the itinerary. Looking for a motorhome to complete your trip? We have awesome campervans for hire from top Queenstown brands. 

Day 6 Arthur's Pass to Rakaia

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 35 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:108 kms

Don't miss the giant Salmon that welcomes you to the town of Rakaia. Just across the iconic Salmon is another popular destination for families visiting the town, Salmon World features fresh water aquarium, 4DMovie Ride and Salmon Tales Café. Fishing season is the best time to visit Rakaia and considered as the most popular activity in the area together with Jet boating in Rakaia Gorge.

Recommended Holiday Parks

Day 7 Rakaia to Lake Tekapo

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours
Estimated Travel Distance:170 kms

Visit the renowned Church of the Good Sheperd located on the shores of Lake Tekapo. After a long drive you might want to sit back and relax at Tekapo Springs located at the base of Mt John. Go on a day tour at Mount John Observatory, the best stargazing site in New Zealand.

Recommended Holiday Parks

Day 8 Lake Tekapo to Cromwell

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 15 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:196 kms

Upon arriving in Cromwell, head over to the i-Site Visitor Centre which also features the Cromwell Museum. Learn about the area's history through its exhibits and memorabilias. If you're ready to experience the Old Cromwell, proceed to the Old Cromwell Town Heritage Precinct located at the end of Melmore Terrace. Stroll along the historic precinct, then visit local botique shops and galleries. Try you hands at gold panning in  Goldfields Mining Centre or  have a well-deserved picnic at Lake  Dunstan, where you can also go swimming or boating.

Day 9 Cromwell to Bannockburn

Estimated Travel Period: 10 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:7.2 kms

Head to Bannockburn, located few minutes south of Cromwell. Explore the historic gold mining town and visit local vineyards. Dont forget to taste the world-class Pinot Noir of Bannockburn.

Recommended Holiday Parks

Day 10 Bannockburn to Queenstown

Estimated Travel Period: about 50 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:60 kms

It's time to go back to Queenstown, follow the Queenstown Hill Time Walk that goes up to the summit of Te Tapunui for a great view of the township or take the famous Skyline Gondola that will take you at Bob's Peak to enjoy Maori performances, stargazing tour and Luge cart rides. If you're traveling in Winter, make sure not to miss The Remarkables Ski Field.

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