Crown Range Road
Crown Range Road
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The Crown Range Road is the highest main road in New Zealand and offers amazing views.
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  • mischa642016
    Melbourne, Australia47 contributions
    Nerve racking and picturesque
    Not for the faint hearted. Patience and excellent road skills are required for this road. Some very sharp corners and high areas with minimal barriers so make sure you enjoy heights or sit in the back seat. Be prepared for locals zooming past you when they can as the tourists are driving with their brakes on most of the way. The views are amazing for passengers who like heights and are into adventure. We drove to Lake Wanaka and it is certainly worth the anxious drive. I’m not sure why there is a 100km speed limit on this road. I think tourists need to travel slower than this. In town, the speed limit is 40km and the roads are wider and safer. Very Interesting.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 December 2022
  • Toni3452
    Barcelona, Spain722 contributions
    The short and winding road
    Absolutely mandatory to take this road when driving from Quenstown to Lake Wanaka. Only the first 4.5 km. are unpleasant with steep curves and danger. But after these, the road and the landscape is gorgeous. And you save plenty of time to reach Wanaka,
    Visited February 2023
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Sarah B
    13 contributions
    A terrifying drive to an amazing viewpoint
    We took this road from Wanaka to Queenstown in our Jucy Campervan with no real warnings that the road might not be suitable. The drive to the peak was hard work in the van but the views were absolutely incredible. The drive from the peak down to Queenstown was absolutely terrifying with hair pin bends that came almost 360 degrees back on themselves. Add to that some impatient locals who did not like us driving slowly made it stressful at times. You definitely wouldn’t want to try and do this towing a caravan or even in a big motor home. That being said the views were incredible
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Joyman L
    Perth, Australia1,513 contributions
    Put them jelly legs away for this
    Visited in May 2023 One of the most scenic drives in the South Island, coming from Wanaka and driving into Arrowtown/Queenstown the road ascends up the range gradually after Cadrona and it just opens up to this expansive view sitting at 3, 540ft above sea level. There is a stop-over car park scenic lookout that allows tourist to drink in the views before approaching the Arrow junction lookout point which is another lookout over the multiple hairpin turns descending down to 1,227ft above sea level. Definitely a must-do!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Akshat
    Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
    Something to avoid
    Something to avoid if you are a tourist. Locals overtake you at high speeds and the road s full of tricky turns so you end up stressing yourself when the original objective of the trip is to de-stress. The alternate route is a lot more scenic and an easier drive...
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 November 2023
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Akshat
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Something to avoid if you are a tourist. Locals overtake you at high speeds and the road s full of tricky turns so you end up stressing yourself when the original objective of the trip is to de-stress. The alternate route is a lot more scenic and an easier drive...
Written 11 November 2023
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Joyman L
Perth, Australia1,513 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Visited in May 2023

One of the most scenic drives in the South Island, coming from Wanaka and driving into Arrowtown/Queenstown the road ascends up the range gradually after Cadrona and it just opens up to this expansive view sitting at 3, 540ft above sea level.

There is a stop-over car park scenic lookout that allows tourist to drink in the views before approaching the Arrow junction lookout point which is another lookout over the multiple hairpin turns descending down to 1,227ft above sea level.

Definitely a must-do!
Written 3 October 2023
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justordinary
Dongara, Australia62 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
It’s not a bad road, in fact it’s spectacular but OMG it’s hairy scary! If you like to live on the edge, of a cliff then drive this road! Omg I’ve never been so scared in my life. I suffer from vertigo and I’m usually fine driving, it took all my might to simply focus on the road ahead and I couldn’t look left or right. My husband was in awe it was spectacular scenery with hairpin turns and 15km road speed. The biggest drama is it has a 100km road speed and the locals like to go that fast. It needs to be 50km the whole way!!
Written 31 March 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,764 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
It is the shorter way from Arrowtown to Wanaka and definitely the more scenic and claimed to be the highest sealed road in New Zealand. The Crown Pass sits at 1076 M and provides some great scenery.
Written 25 March 2023
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Sarah B
13 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We took this road from Wanaka to Queenstown in our Jucy Campervan with no real warnings that the road might not be suitable. The drive to the peak was hard work in the van but the views were absolutely incredible.

The drive from the peak down to Queenstown was absolutely terrifying with hair pin bends that came almost 360 degrees back on themselves. Add to that some impatient locals who did not like us driving slowly made it stressful at times.

You definitely wouldn’t want to try and do this towing a caravan or even in a big motor home.

That being said the views were incredible
Written 18 March 2023
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Toni3452
Barcelona, Spain722 contributions
Feb 2023
Absolutely mandatory to take this road when driving from Quenstown to Lake Wanaka. Only the first 4.5 km. are unpleasant with steep curves and danger. But after these, the road and the landscape is gorgeous. And you save plenty of time to reach Wanaka,
Written 1 March 2023
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mischa642016
Melbourne, Australia47 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Not for the faint hearted. Patience and excellent road skills are required for this road. Some very sharp corners and high areas with minimal barriers so make sure you enjoy heights or sit in the back seat. Be prepared for locals zooming past you when they can as the tourists are driving with their brakes on most of the way. The views are amazing for passengers who like heights and are into adventure. We drove to Lake Wanaka and it is certainly worth the anxious drive. I’m not sure why there is a 100km speed limit on this road. I think tourists need to travel slower than this. In town, the speed limit is 40km and the roads are wider and safer. Very Interesting.
Written 16 December 2022
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Lucinda J
Wellington, New Zealand977 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
A must do. Beautiful views around every corner and it’s free. A chance to play in the snow even in autumn. The switchbacks are fun.
Written 1 June 2021
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Brian
Hamilton, New Zealand9 contributions
Mar 2021
well worth the trip best done from wanaka end if you are planing going both ways we left in the morning from queenstown coffee in cromwell lunch at wanaka the back over crown range
Written 12 March 2021
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Sue H
Sydney, Aust3,958 contributions
Mar 2020
Wow great views along the Crown Range Road. There was quite a few places to pull off the road and get those magnificent photos.
Written 27 November 2020
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