Road Reports

Crown Range, Lindis Pass, Haast Pass

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Crown Range

Current Status: Road is open. Drive to winter conditions
The Crown Range lies between Queenstown and Wanaka. The road over the range, known as the Crown Range Road, is the highest main road in New Zealand. It reaches an altitude of 1121 metres, which does bring challenges. In winter, the road is often covered in snow and ice, making for very difficult driving conditions.

Lindis Pass

Current Status: Road is open. Drive to winter conditions

The dramatic Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. The actual pass crosses a saddle between the valleys of the Lindis and Ahuriri Rivers at an altitude of 971 metres above sea level. For many months of the year, you can expect to see snow in this mountainous area – often down to the roadside.

Haast Pass

Current Status:  Haast Pass is open. Drive to winter conditions

This route was a traditional pathway for Maori journeying west in search of pounamu (greenstone or jade). The basins that are filled by Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka were gouged out by the Hawea and Wanaka Glaciers. Two arms of the glaciers joined at a narrow piece of land called The Neck.

 At the Gates of Haast gorge, many travellers stop to photograph the wild water as it crashes over the river boulders.