There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Christchurch by plane, train, ferry, bus, car 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  •  3 h 44 min

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

$51 - $256

4 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  21 h 17 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 1 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 Christchurch

$72 - $121

Bus, car ferry  •  23 h 46 min

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

$80 - $164

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

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Christchurch is to fly which costs $75 - $380 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Christchurch is to fly which costs $75 - $380 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Christchurch is 765 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to get from Auckland to Christchurch, including transfers.

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

Jetstar and Air New Zealand 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
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
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Wellington City
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
manabus.com
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
11 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$37
Saver Change
$44
Easy Change
$50

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