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There are 6 ways to get from Ashburton to Balclutha by bus, car or plane

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Bus via Dunedin  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Ashburton to Dunedin
  2. Take the bus from Dunedin to Balclutha Invercargill

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Bus  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Ashburton to Timaru
  2. Take the bus from Timaru to Balclutha Christchurch - Invercargill

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Drive  •  4h 25m

  1. Drive from Ashburton to Balclutha 354.1 km

Bus to Christchurch, fly to Dunedin, bus  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Ashburton to Christchurch Airport
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Dunedin (DUD) CHC - DUD
  3. Take the bus from Dunedin Airport to Balclutha

Bus to Timaru, fly to Dunedin, bus  •  7h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Tinwald to Temuka
  2. Fly from Timaru (TIU) to Dunedin (DUD) TIU - DUD
  3. Take the bus from Dunedin Airport to Balclutha

Bus to Christchurch, fly to Invercargill, bus  •  7h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Ashburton to Christchurch Airport
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Invercargill (IVC) CHC - IVC
  3. Take the bus from Invercargill to Balclutha
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The cheapest way to get from Ashburton to Balclutha is to bus via Dunedin which costs $65 - $90 and takes 6h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Ashburton to Balclutha is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 4h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ashburton to Balclutha. However, there are services departing from Ashburton and arriving at Balclutha via Dunedin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 52m.

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The distance between Ashburton and Balclutha is 304 km. The road distance is 354.1 km.

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The best way to get from Ashburton to Balclutha without a car is to bus via Dunedin which takes 6h 52m and costs $65 - $90.

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It takes approximately 6h 52m to get from Ashburton to Balclutha, including transfers.

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Ashburton to Balclutha bus services, operated by Atomic Travel, depart from Ashburton station.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Dunedin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Ashburton to Balclutha bus services, operated by Catch-A-Bus South, arrive at Balclutha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ashburton to Balclutha is 354 km. It takes approximately 4h 25m to drive from Ashburton to Balclutha.

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  • Distance: 303.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 52m

What companies run services between Ashburton, New Zealand and Balclutha, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Ashburton to Balclutha via Dunedin and Dunedin in around 6h 52m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Timaru to Dunedin via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Timaru to Dunedin via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Timaru to Dunedin via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
7h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Christchurch to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Bus operators
Atomic Travel
Phone
03 349 0697
Email
info@atomictravel.co.nz
Website
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Ashburton to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Ashburton to Timaru
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz
Catch-A-Bus South
Phone
027 4497 994
Website
catchabussouth.com
Bus from Dunedin to Balclutha
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
catchabussouth.com
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Balclutha
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Ashburton to Christchurch Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Dunedin Airport to Balclutha
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Tinwald to Temuka
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Invercargill to Balclutha
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
InterCity
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InterCity

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