New Zealand trips

Wellington to Queenstown via West Coast

5 Tage
1131km
703mi

Route

Wellington Central nach Central Queenstown

Highlights

  • Abel Tasman
  • Explore Glaciers
  • Adventurous Queenstown

Beste Zeit des Jahres

Das ganze Jahr über

This route is the refreshing, wilderness way to get to Queenstown. Start with the heritage and cultural entertainments of Wellington, then cross Cook Strait on a ferry journey through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy Nelson’s creative streak before you venture up the Buller River to the wild Tasman Sea views of the west coast. In Greymouth you’ll learn about the local treasures (gold and greenstone). Further down the coast you’ll need your warmest jacket to explore the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Admire the rainforest waterfalls of Haast Pass on your way to the restaurants, shopping and adventurous outdoor fun of Wanaka and Queenstown.

Info

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park by sea kayak when you visit Nelson.

Photo by Ian Trafford

1. Tag

Wellington - Picton - Nelson

5 Std.

39 min

208 km

130 mi

Wellington

Wellington City is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums and all kinds of shops. Dance, theatre and musical performances are a Wellington specialty. As New Zealand’s capital, this city is rich in political history.

The passage across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds is one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world. The cruise-style ferry takes just over 3 hours and can transport vehicles. Highlights along the way include the Red Rocks seal colony, Tory Channel, Cook’s Lookout and the beautiful coves of the sounds.

The picturesque seaside town of Picton is the South Island base for the ferry service that links the North and South islands of New Zealand. It’s also the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds. 

The drive to Nelson first takes you to the town of Havelock, which is known as the Green Shell Mussel Capital of the World. Nearby Canvastown is a place to explore old gold mining fields – thousands tried to get rich here in the 1860s. At Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve you can enjoy a bush walk or a swim, depending on the time of the year. And if you’d like a glimpse of local life in 1890, Rai Valley has a beautifully preserved cottage museum.

The city of Nelson is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art lovers. From here you can organise yourself an eco-adventure or become immersed in the local creative culture.

Solace in the Wind, Wellington waterfront on one of the many sunny days

Start: Wellington Central

Ob du in die Geschichte eintauchen oder in göttlichen Restaurants himmlisch speisen willst: Wellington ist in jedem Fall eine Hauptstadt mit Stil. Viel Spa

Einkaufen in Mapua Wharf, Nelson

Ziel: Nelson Central

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