Man charged after horror bus crash near Queenstown

A man has been charged following a horror bus crash near Queenstown on Tuesday.

Twenty of the Chinese nationals on board were injured - with two in a serious but stable condition on Wednesday morning.

Newshub understands two of those injured in the crash lost limbs.

Police confirmed a 32-year-old man will appear in the Queenstown District Court on Monday, charged with careless driving causing injury.

The bus crashed on Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd about 1:45pm on Tuesday.

"Police, along with MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), the Chinese Consulate, and the tour bus operator, continue to work to support those involved," said Otago Lakes area commander Inspector Olaf Jensen.

"The remaining passengers were transported back to their accommodation in Queenstown last night [Tuesday] and arrangements are being made by their tour company regarding their return to China."

Insp Jensen reminded people to take extra care on southern roads.

"Otago Lakes, and wider Southern District, has long been a popular destination for both foreign and domestic tourists," he said.

"Our roads are particularly busy over the summer period and we urge people to be vigilant while they are driving.

"Driving any vehicle can be life-threatening if you're not being responsible."