Crown Range Road - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama of the Crown Range Mountains taken from Crown Range Road on a cloudless summer morning while driving from Wanaka to Queenstown.
Crown Range Road - FURTHER INFORMATION
Crown Range Road - Central Otago visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Crown Range Road' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
Crown Range Road winds up into the Crown Range Mountains from Cardrona and Wanaka, following the route of the Cardrona River. There are numerous hiking trails into the hills from trailheads beside the road. At Cardrona Hotel is a small display of some of the gold mining history of Cardrona Valley.
The Crown Range route reputed to be one of the most difficult roads, and the highest sealed road, in New Zealand. Once past the Crown Range Pass, the road descends thorugh a series of steep switchbacks to Arrow Junction and then joins Highway 6 to Queenstown. It is an attractive alternative to the Highway 6 route that most people use.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Cardrona Valley Road runs south from Wanaka to the Crown Range Pass.