There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Christchurch 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.

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Fly from Auckland  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC) AKL - CHC

$47 - $262

4 alternative options

Bus to Hamilton, fly  •  5 h 54 min

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

$169 - $577

Train, ferry  •  21 h 18 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 Christchurch

Bus, ferry  •  22 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch

$78 - $162

Drive, ferry  •  16 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Christchurch

$186 - $270

Questions & Answers

The distance between Auckland and Christchurch is 765 km.

The best way to get from Auckland to Christchurch without a car is to train and ferry which takes 21 h 18 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to get from Auckland to Christchurch, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer flights from Auckland Airport to Christchurch Airport.

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There are 489+ hotels available in Christchurch. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Auckland Airport is to bus which takes 24 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 478.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 32 min

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Christchurch, New Zealand?

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Auckland to Christchurch hourly.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Palmerston
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
10 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
InterCity Link
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$36
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$49

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