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Drive Times and Distances


South Island.

Information The drive times and distances are based on travel over the most direct route at an average of 90kmph on open road sections, in good weather and light to medium traffic, allowing only short 10 minute comfort breaks.

What cannot be overstated is the nature of many of our highways that include winding, undulating travel over hills and through mountainous regions as you skirt around lakes, mountains and hills at low speed.

We do not recommend or encourage drivers to exceed 9 hours behind the wheel in any one day.



To the Coast Drive Times
South Island Drive Times.

Nelson Picton Kaikoura Christchurch Wanaka Queenstown  
230kms
3 hr 30
294kms
4 hr 30
401kms
5 hr 55
336kms
4 hr 30
567kms
7 hr 50
Exceeds
9 hours
Westport
West Coast
291kms
4 hr 20
355kms
5 hr 20
403kms
5 hr 55
253kms
3 hr 45
470kms
6 hr 25
561kms
8 hr 10
Greymouth
West Coast
331kms
5 hr
395kms
6 hr
443kms
6 hr 35
254kms
3 hr 45
430kms
5 hr 55
521kms
7 hr 30
Hokitika
West Coast
470kms
6 hr 50
534kms
7 hr 50
582kms
8 hr 25
393kms
5 hr 20
294kms
3 hr 55
385kms
5 hr 40
Franz Josef
West Coast

Allow extra time for sightseeing, heavy traffic or weather conditions and other needs you may have.
Where drive times exceed 7 hours we do not recommend these routes, unless the driving can be shared.
Journeys exceeding 9 hours drive time are not included.


West Coast Drive Times

Karamea  
98 kms
1 hr 20min
Westport  
175 kms
2 hr 35min
77 kms
1 hr 05min
Reefton  
152 kms
2 hr 20min
54 kms
     50min
124 kms
1 hr 55min
Punakaiki  
195 kms
2 hr 55min
101 kms
1 hr 45min
79 kms
1 hr 05min
43 kms
0 hr 45min
Greymouth  
234 kms
3 hr 35min
137 kms
2 hr 05min
119 kms
1 hr 40min
83 kms
1 hr 20min
40 kms
0 hr 35min
Hokitika  
373 kms
5 hr 25min
277 kms
4 hr 55min
256 kms
4 hr 15min
220 kms
3 hr 55min
177 kms
3 hr 10min
137 kms
2 hr 35min
Franz Josef  
535 kms
8 hr 50min
437 kms
7 hr 30min
404 kms
6 hr 55min
360 kms
6 hr 25min
317 kms
5 hr 40min
277 kms
5 hr 05min
148 kms
2 hr 20min
Haast


There are many factors beyond the authors and our control that can and will impact upon the true distance travelled and time taken to complete any journey.

Visitors should Allow extra time for:

  • Sight seeing and visiting attractions enroute.
  • Heavier traffic conditions,
  • Inclement weather,
  • Traffic delays
  • and any other needs they may have.

While we have endeavoured to ensure that the information provided is accurate we cannot and do not guarantee that every distance, time or other information is one hundred percent accurate, or that it would be when you are travelling.


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