State Highway 80 (New Zealand)

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State Highway 80
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length54.7 km (34.0 mi)
Major junctions
South end SH 8 (Tekapo Twizel Road) at Lake Pukaki
North endTerrace Road/Bowen Drive at Mount Cook Village
Highway system
SH 79 SH 82
Mount Cook Road

State Highway 80 (SH 80) is a South Island state highway in New Zealand. Known as Mount Cook Road, it is a tourist road between the settlements of Twizel and Mount Cook Village. About 55 kilometres in length, it is mostly two lane, with a few single-lane bridges. Tourists travelling between Christchurch and Queenstown often deviate here and travel to New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook.


Since designation, this is the route SH 80 takes.

For the first 31 km of the road, SH 80 runs in a northerly direction parallel with the banks of Lake Pukaki to the right and the Mackenzie Basin to the left. About 10 kilometres along the road, the basin is superseded by the Ben Ohau Range. After a further 20 kilometres, the road passes the head of Lake Pukaki where it changes name to the Tasman River. The highway eventually terminates just east of Mount Cook Village after a further 24 kilometres.

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