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There are 2 ways to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka by plane or bus

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Fly to Queenstown, bus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Queenstown (ZQN) AKL - ZQN
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Wanaka

$134 - $359

Cheapest option

Fly to Dunedin, bus  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Dunedin (DUD) AKL - DUD
  2. Take the bus from Dunedin Airport to Cromwell

$133 - $388

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka is to fly and bus which costs $200 - $550 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka is to fly and bus which costs $200 - $550 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Lake Wanaka is 989 km.

It takes approximately 6 h 45 min to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Queenstown Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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

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There are 236+ hotels available in Lake Wanaka. Prices start at $94 USD per night.

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

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka.
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  • Distance: 617.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

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

There is no direct connection from Auckland to Lake Wanaka. However, you can take the bus to Stop B International Terminal, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Queenstown, take the walk to Queenstown Airport (ZQN), take the bus to Wanaka, then take the taxi to Lake Wanaka. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Stop B International Terminal, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Dunedin, take the walk to Dunedin Airport, take the bus to Cromwell, take the bus to Wanaka, then take the taxi to Lake Wanaka.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Dunedin via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Dunedin via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Bus operators
Ritchies Transport
Website
ritchies.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
ritchies.co.nz
Book at
obl.rtbslive.com
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