There are 8 ways to get from Auckland to Kaikoura by plane, train, bus, 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 Auckland to Christchurch, train  •  7 h 38 min

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

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  18 h 52 min

  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

$74 - $147

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Fly Auckland to Blenheim, train  •  7 h 1 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 34 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  •  10 h 47 min

  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, train  •  10 h

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

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

Drive, ferry  •  17 h 11 min

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

$186 - $270

Questions & Answers

The distance between Auckland and Kaikoura is 624 km.

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

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It takes approximately 7 h 38 min 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 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 56+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $79 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 Kaikoura.
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  • Distance: 390.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 38 min

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 International Airport, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Christchurch, take the walk to Christchurch International Airport, take the line 125 bus to Northlands Platform B, take the walk to Northlands Platform A, take the bus to Rangiora, then take the train to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Auckland International Airport, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Blenheim, take the walk to Woodbourne, take the bus to Blenheim, then take the train to Kaikoura.

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 Auckland to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
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 14 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
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Rangiora to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. 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
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
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 Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $29
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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