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July 19, 2014

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Rolling on with my NZ roadtrip posts. The thing with the South Island of New Zealand is that driving is not a very big chore, because the scenery is so beautiful. The drive between Queenstown and Franz Josef is about 5 to 6 hours, but we decided to make a day of it so that we could make as many scenic stops as we wanted.

The quickest way to Wanaka (a town in between) is over the Crown Range Road, which is the highest sealed road in New Zealand.

It's winding and fun to drive, and you get great views back over Queenstown and of the mountains themselves.

We then arrived in Wanaka, on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka, and had an early lunch.

fjallraven kanken mountains

We continued on our route, which took us around the edge of Lake Hawea.

Photo courtesy of Wai Lam.

We drove over the Southern Alps to the West Coast, getting held up at two separate rockfalls, and on the way the sunshine had turned into snow and then rain and fog.

So after a long day of driving, we arrived in Franz Josef - Glacier Country! More on that in the next post.


  1. Lake Wanaka looks amazing! :o

    (P.s. your jumping picture on your about page is very funny! :] )

  2. What an adventurous roadtrip ^__^
    seeing these beautiful mountains and
    lake is such a reward I bet c: can't
    wait for your next new post of Glacier
    country! Xx

  3. What an adventure!! I am in awe of all your photos!

  4. I am absolutely falling in love with New Zealand. I can't wait for more on Glacier Country!

  5. Those blues are unreal and that photo of you (?) in your red coat/Fjallraven backpack is my favorite. I'm just gonna reference these for a future trip :)

  6. More beauts, I just need to find someone to come with me.

    Mat @ Buckets & Spades

  7. Oh my what beautiful photos! Crazy to be looking at so much snow when it is so hot here!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  8. How do you make it anywhere with the distracting views! It's so pretty

  9. Wow what an amazing place, so beautiful! I want to visit :)

    I have a new outfit post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:


  10. I cant believe you drove that whole way--what a long trip haha. so scenic and beautiful though--mountains, water, lots of grass. ahh I really hope I can visit NZ one day

  11. Wow. The photos are incredible. The view is amazing.

  12. Are these views stunning or what? Seriously, your photos are just breathtaking!

  13. Um.... WOW! Hearts for eyes. New Zealand's views are soooo beautiful, and you captured them so well. Did you guys do the Franz Josef climb/hike? I don't know which it is haha, but ah this so beautiful. I'm planning a holiday to New Zealand in the next couple of months so this is so exciting!

    1. We walked up to the glacier faces but we didn't walk on the glaciers themselves, because you have to go with a tour for that and it was a bit out of our price range. That's exciting! It's soo gorgeous.

  14. New Zealand looks so amazing! Awesome photos :)

  15. the view is magical, Jane! I'm so excited now i wanna tightly squeeze somebody's hands now oh my goodness.
    your pictures are gorgeous!!

  16. i love the contrast of seeing snow and then being ground level. beautiful pictures!

  17. Wow, such amazing scenery!
    Rubi | The Den

  18. Holy moly, the view is amaaazing. So, so beautiful.

    Naturally Jes

  19. That scene through your car window is truly incredible, driving towards that must have felt amazing!
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing


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