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There are 8 ways to get from Auckland to Kaikoura by bus, ferry, train or plane

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

Bus, ferry  •  18h 41m

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

$65 - $133

Cheapest option

Fly Auckland to Christchurch, bus  •  7h 43m

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

$63 - $286

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Train, ferry  •  18h 56m

  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, ferry, train  •  19h 25m

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

Fly Auckland to Blenheim, train  •  7h 47m

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

Fly Auckland to Wellington, ferry, train  •  11h 37m

  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  •  9h 40m

  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 Christchurch to Kaikoura

$183 - $607

Fly Auckland to Nelson, bus, train  •  10h 26m

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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura is to fly and bus which costs $95 - $440 and takes 7h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura is to fly and bus which costs $95 - $440 and takes 7h 43m.

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The distance between Auckland and Kaikoura is 624 km.

The best way to get from Auckland to Kaikoura without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 18h 41m and costs $95 - $210.

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It takes approximately 18h 41m to get from Auckland to Kaikoura, including transfers.

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

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

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There are 58+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $82 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Auckland Airport is to bus which takes 44m and costs $18.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Kaikoura.
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  • Distance: 390.2 miles
  • Duration: 18h 41m

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 Wellington - Central, take the walk to Wellington Station - Stop D, take the line 1 bus to Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, take the walk to Wellington - Central, take the ferry to Picton, take the walk to Picton, then take the bus to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Auckland to Kaikoura via Wellington, Wellington Station - Stop D, Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, Wellington - Central, Picton, and Picton in around 18h 56m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
10h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Standard
$10 - $16
Flexi
$26 - $40
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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