One of the highlights of a trip through the South Island but if the traveler is in Christchurch and does not plan to cross over the Arthur’s Pass one can still enjoy the drive out to Springfield for a day or part thereof. Take Route 73 east for 60kms. Easy drive plus one may wish to take a return route to Route One via Methven on Route 77.  That is a great drive. This is the Mt. Hutt area where skiing is the big sport.

If the traveler wants to experience one of the most spectacular drives in all of New Zealand it is the Arthur’s Pass between the East and  West Coast of the South Island. Traveling east from Springfield the traveler will get to Lake Lyndon after going through Porters Pass around 15 kms past Springfield. Picnic sites and parking sites by the lake.  Eleven kms on one will pass by Castle Hill Village and Cave Stream Scenic Reserve  The area to the left that shows is the Craigieburn Forest and to the right will be Lake Pearson soon followed by Lake Grasmere and Lake Sarah . Straight ahead in the drive is the Southern Alps and the Arthurs Pass National Park. Arthurs Pass is a good stop with cafes and accommodations.

From Arthur’s Pass it is 28 kms to one of the most famous restaurants in the country, Jacksons. Recommended to wait till there to have one of their fresh meat pies. From Arthurs Pass next on the road is the world famous engineering feat the Otiri Gorge Bridge. Get the camera read for this one! The word awesome was created for this scene.

After Jackson’s it is 46 kms to the West Coast at Kumara Junction north of Hokitika and south of Greymouth. On the right after Jackson’s is a turn off to Lake Brunner on the Inchbonni Road. A beautiful lake filled to the brim with trout.

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