Directions

Mt Dobson is on State Highway 8, the main route between Christchurch and Queenstown. The alpine road starts 11km west of Fairlie and 18km east from Lake Tekapo. Mt Dobson is a 40min drive* on a smooth gravel mountain road; one of the best alpine roads in the country.It is wide enough for two vehicles to easily pass, with plenty of places to stop. Cars ,camper vans and buses are suitable for the road. Please carry snow chains at all times and fit them where indicated by advisory  signs.

 

Mt Dobson boasts spectacular views. From the top of the ski area, you can gaze out across Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo and over to the magnificent peaks of New Zealand’s highest mountains, Mt Cook & Mt Tasman. It will do you heart good!

DRIVING TIMES FROM FAIRLIE

Christchurch
Driving time: 2 1/4 hrs
Driving distance: 184 km

Mt Dobson car park
Driving time: 40 mins
Driving distance: 26 km

Timaru
Driving time: 40 mins
Driving distance: 65km

Dunedin
Driving time: 3 hrs
Driving distance: 286 km

Queenstown
Driving time: 3 hrs
Driving distance: 309 km

Mt Hutt
Driving time: 1½ hrs
Driving distance: 147 km

Geraldine
Driving time: 30 mins
Driving distance: 40km

Lake Tekapo
Driving time: 30 mins
Driving distance: 43km

* = allowing for chain fitting
Flight time from Australia to Christchurch International Airport is 2 1/2 hours