Day 4. Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world
OK, once you've traversed the bold and barren Lindis Pass, you've two options in getting to Queenstown from here, via Wanaka and the stunning Crown range or the more sedate route past Lake Dunstan, through Cromwell and the Kawerau River gorge.
It'll take you about 3 hours and is 255kms or near 160 miles, either way. Both routes are impressive. The Crown range is New Zealand's highest road and requires care especially in snowy winter conditions. I suggest the route through Cromwell leaving the Crown range for later.
Both routes are close to the Gibbston valley vineyeards and the world famous AJ Hackett bungy jumping. Invented in New Zealand the bungy is now a world wide phenomenon, though we retain the right to bring you here, have you pay us money, so we can throw you off things !
Queenstown is a genuine New Zealand alpine resort. Famous for world class snow sports in winter, with jet boating through wild river gorges, to internationally rated golf courses, rafting opportunities, sky diving, gourmet dining and bars and cafes.
There's an international airport just 15 minutes from the centre of town. You're here for two nights, though will likely wish it was more.
Your accommodation, the Autoline Queenstown is just 5 minutes from the lake and the centre of town. The lake is Wakatipu, one of New Zealand's finest with the Remarkables mountain range in the background.
Promise me, when you're here, you'll make time for a ride up the gondola to the restaurant at the top, as well as a trip on the TSS Earnslaw, the steam ship that plies the lake.