The highest paved road in New Zealand

On Monday we left Wanaka and continued on our way towards Queenstown (the adventure capital of NZ). We ended up zipping through Queenstown and heading straight for Te Anau to take advantage of the good weather forecast there on Tuesday. That and we knew we’d be coming back to Queenstown later in the week (on our clockwise circuit of the South Island). We stopped at the Top 10 Te Anau holiday park for two nights, and booked a kayaking trip in Milford Sound for the next day.

crown range summit pass

Panorama from the Crown Range Summit Pass. At 1,076 meters (3,530 feet) above sea level, it’s the highest sealed (paved) road in New Zealand. Queenstown is in the distance on the right.

lake wakatipu panorama

We could not resist stopping for lunch on the blue Lake Wakatipu


Glad you guys are having such nice weather! My brother and I hit many of these same spots on our trip, but it was gray and rainy much of the time. You could barely see Milford Sound. (Still had lots of fun though.)

That’s kind of how we felt on the North Island. Now we’re getting a little better at arranging our moves around the weather forecasts.

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