Do you need chains to drive from Queenstown to Wanaka?
Queenstown to Wanaka FAQs It takes about one hour to drive from Queenstown to Wanaka via the Crown Range. For this reason, drive carefully and always carry snow chains during the winter months. Driving the slightly longer route through Cromwell via Highway 6 is the safer way to go in the winter months.
What is the road like from Queenstown to Wanaka?
The Crown Range
The Crown Range lies between Queenstown and Wanaka. The road over the range, known as the Crown Range Road, is the highest main road in New Zealand. It reaches an altitude of 1121 metres, which does bring challenges. In winter, the road is often covered in snow and ice, making for very difficult driving conditions.
Is Wanaka better than Queenstown?
Let’s start with the obvious: Queenstown is bigger than Wanaka. Wanaka on the other hand is home to less than 8,000 people. Anyone looking for a variety of shops and bars will feel more settled in Queenstown while Wanaka offers a slower pace with a small selection of bars and restaurants.
How do I get from Queenstown to Lake Wanaka?
InterCity operates a regular bus from Queenstown to Wanaka. The InterCity bus leaves Queenstown at Athol Street and arrives in Wanaka at the Log Cabin on the Lakefront, 100 Ardmore Street. Your journey will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
What is the highest road in NZ?
the Crown Range Road
The highest state highway is SH48 Bruce Road leading to the Whakapapa Village in the central North Island at approximately 1153 metres. As a matter of interest, the highest sealed local road pass is the Crown Range Road in Central Otago between Queenstown and Wanaka at about 1076 metres.
What is the best time to go to Queenstown?
The best time to visit Queenstown is the summer (December through February), when the long, sunny days make outdoor excursions enjoyable. Because of the sheer number of outdoorsy activities offered in the summertime, you can expect some moderate crowds and busy hotels.
How long does it take to drive from Queenstown to Lake Wānaka?
Yes, the driving distance between Queenstown to Lake Wānaka is 93 km. It takes approximately 1h 42m to drive from Queenstown to Lake Wānaka.
What is the longest straight road in NZ?
The highway leaves SH 1 at Waipara, some 60 kilometres north of Christchurch, and initially heads north, crossing several rivers and skirting the Balmoral State Forest. After crossing the Hurunui River there is a 13.7 km straight, the longest straight section of highway in New Zealand.
Who owns the roads NZ?
the NZ Transport Agency
All state highways are administered by the NZ Transport Agency. The highways were originally designated using a two-tier system, national (SH 1 to 8) and provincial, with national highways having a higher standard and funding priorities.