There are 10 ways to get from Auckland to Kaikoura by plane, bus, train, ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Auckland to Christchurch, bus  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC) AKL - CHC
  2. Take the bus from Northlands Mall to Kaikoura

$65 - $292

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  18 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland to Wellington City N1
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Kaikoura

$62 - $104

8 alternative options

Fly Auckland to Blenheim, train  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Blenheim (BHE) AKL - BHE
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly Auckland to Nelson, bus, train  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Nelson (NSN) AKL - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
  3. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly Auckland to Wellington, ferry, train  •  11 h

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Wellington (WLG) AKL - WLG
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Bus to Hamilton, fly to Christchurch, bus  •  9 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
  2. Fly from Hamilton (HLZ) to Christchurch (CHC) HLZ - CHC
  3. Take the bus from Northlands Mall to Kaikoura

$191 - $621

Train, ferry  •  18 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Bus, drive, ferry  •  18 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland to Taupo N1 / ...
  2. Drive from Whakaipo Bay to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  4. Take the bus from Picton to Kaikoura

$135 - $209

Bus, drive, ferry, train  •  18 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland to Taupo N1 / ...
  2. Drive from Whakaipo Bay to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  4. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Bus, ferry, train  •  20 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Porirua
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Auckland to Kaikoura. However, you can take the bus to Auckland airport, fly to Christchurch, take the line 125 bus to Northlands Mall, then take the bus to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Auckland airport, fly to Blenheim, take the bus to Blenheim, then take the train to Kaikoura.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Avg. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim
Avg. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim via Wellington
Avg. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Avg. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Avg. Duration
2 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Christchurch
Avg. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Avg. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch
Avg. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Wellington
Avg. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Palmerston
Avg. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Avg. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Avg. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Avg. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Avg. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Avg. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Avg. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Avg. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Northlands Mall to Kaikoura
Avg. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Avg. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Avg. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Avg. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Porirua
Avg. Duration
10 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $75
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
InterCity Link
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Avg. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Wellington City
Avg. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Taupo
Avg. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
manabus.com
Ferry operators
Interislander
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Avg. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$28
Saver Change
$33
Easy Change
$39

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Auckland to Kaikoura?

The distance between Auckland and Kaikoura is 622 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura?

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura is to bus and ferry which costs $120 and takes 18 h 22 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura?

The quickest way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura is to fly and bus which takes 6 h 56 min and costs $180.

How long does it take to get from Auckland to Kaikoura?

It takes approximately 6 h 56 min to get from Auckland to Kaikoura, including transfers.