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Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

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Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

hello, I will be driving from CHC to Milford next week.

This is my 1st time to NZ Im driving solo.

I read somewhere, the road from wanaka to arrow town via crown range road is very scenic.

But again, I read during winters, to avoid this road.

I guess real people can suggest better.

Do you suggest to take the crown range road or cromwell road ?

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1. Re: Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

Wait and see what the weather is doing, right now, it would be fine. If it's a good day then go via Cardrona. If it's a bad day or if there's any snow or ice go via Cromwell.

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2. Re: Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

Your accommodation will know the road conditions. Best plan to spend the morning in Wanaka and drive over after lunch - so likely any icy spots will have thawed.

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3. Re: Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

Ok Im staying in Wanaka 2 nights, and then my next hotel is arrow town.

So, I will ask my wanaka hotel guys if its safe to go via Cardrona or Cromwell will do.

But I heard Cardrona Crown Range is really scenic, so I dont mind leaving from wanaka hotel at 12pm for arrow town, so that even if any snow or ice, it would be gone.

I guess wanaka to Arrow town is just 1 hour.

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4. Re: Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

Should be totally fine to go over the Crown Range next week. It's quite warm at the moment and there isn't a major cold front forecast next week afaik.

As above, it's not a long drive from Wanaka to Arrowtown, so you can take your time. Have a leisurely brunch in Wanaka. Stop at Cardrona for an explore of the historic buildings and pub. Stop at the Crown Pass to enjoy the views.

You'll be in Arrowtown by the early afternoon, plenty of time to explore the Chinese Settlement, wander main street, go through the museum veggie checking in to your accommodation.

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5. Re: Driving from Wanaka to Arrowtown via Crown Range next week?

Awesome, so excited.

Thanks people.

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