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There are 6 ways to get from Auckland to Lake Matheson by plane, car, bus, shuttle, train or car ferry

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 to Timaru, drive

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Timaru (TIU)
  2. Drive from Timaru to Lake Matheson

Cheapest option

Fly to Christchurch, shuttle, bus

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC)
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
  3. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier

4 alternative options

Fly to Hokitika, bus

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Hokitika (HKK)
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier

Fly to Queenstown, bus, shuttle

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Queenstown (ZQN)
  2. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Twizel
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Twizel to Mt Cook / Mount Cook

Train, car ferry, bus, drive

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
  2. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  4. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  5. Drive from Tekapo to Lake Matheson

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Auckland to Wellington
  2. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Lake Matheson

Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Auckland to Lake Matheson is to fly and shuttle and bus, which costs $180 - $330 and takes 12h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Lake Matheson is to fly and bus which costs $210 - $650 and takes 9h 12m.

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The distance between Auckland and Lake Matheson is 838 km.

It takes approximately 11h 17m to get from Auckland to Lake Matheson, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Auckland Airport to Timaru Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Auckland Airport to Timaru Airport.

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There are 44+ hotels available in Lake Matheson. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Lake Matheson.
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  • Distance: 838.5 km
  • Duration: 11h 17m

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Lake Matheson, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Auckland to Lake Matheson. However, you can take the train to Puhinui Train Station, take the walk to Stop A Puhinui, take the bus to Stop A International Terminal, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Timaru, then take the drive to Lake Matheson. Alternatively, you can take the train to Puhinui Train Station, take the walk to Stop A Puhinui, take the bus to Stop A International Terminal, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Hokitika, take the walk to Hokitika i-SITE, take the bus to Fox Glacier, then take the taxi to Lake Matheson.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Tauranga, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Nelson, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Gisborne, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Napier, Wellington
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Napier, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Nelson, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via New Plymouth, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Tauranga, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Palmerston, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Queenstown, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Hokitika via Invercargill, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $250
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Train operators
KiwiRail
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
$85 - $120
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
Bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$23 - $35
Flexi
$55 - $80
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Twizel
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
Book at
InterCity
The Cook Connection
Phone
+64 21 583 211
Email
travel@cookconnect.co.nz
Website
cookconnect.co.nz
Shuttle from Twizel to Mt Cook / Mount Cook
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $31
Schedules at
cookconnect.co.nz
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cookconnect.co.nz
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Ferry operators
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Phone
+64 800 844 844
Email
bookings@bluebridge.co.nz
Website
bluebridge.co.nz
Car ferry from Wellington to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$54
Super Sail
$62
Flexi Sail
$73

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