A complete and epic 9 route tour of South Island New Zealand
Route collection made by Nick Carthew - (MRA Senior)
The picture above is of the Devil's Staircase running alongside Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand's longest lake at 80 km. It was difficult to find one picture to sum up South Island because of the many varied and stunningly beautiful landscapes that this tour travels through.
The beauty of the South Island is in the diversity of its scenery.
Southern Alps
The main feature of scenery in the South Island is mountains. The Southern Alps mountain range is the backbone of the island, stretching for roughly 500 kilometres from Wanaka to Arthur's Pass. The Alps have snowy tops all year round, feeding glaciers and crystal clear rivers.
The highest mountain in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mount Cook, this soars to 3,724 metres. Mount Cook is one of New Zealand's greatest natural features.
Route highlights:
01: Lewis Pass road.
02: Arthur's Pass.
03: Mount Cook.
04: Lindis Pass.
05: Southern Scenic Route and Bluff.
06: Devil's Staircase.
07: Haast Pass.
08: Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
09: Buller Gorge.
Eight of these routes are 5 ***** star routes and the ninth is a 4**** star. There is so much to see on this tour it is guaranteed to make unforgettable memories.
You might want to allow for a few extra nights, I would suggest 2 nights in:
Christchurch.
Bluff or Invercargill.
Queenstown.
Fox Glacier.
And maybe a night in Motueka.

Enjoy.
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Nick Carthew - (MRA Senior)
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01 Picton to Springs Junction
08-03-2021
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02 Springs Junction to Christchurch via Arthurs Pass
07-03-2021
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03 Christchurch to Omarama
10-03-2021
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04 Omarama to Dunedin
16-03-2021
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05 Dunedin to Bluff
19-03-2021
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06 Invercargill to Queenstown
20-03-2021
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08 Fox Glacier to Westport
16-04-2021
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07 Queenstown to Fox Glacier
30-03-2021
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09 Westport to Picton
16-04-2021
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