There are 4 ways to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka by plane, bus, car or ferry

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 to Queenstown, bus  •  6 h 45 min

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

$143 - $408

Cheapest option

Fly to Dunedin, bus  •  9 h 31 min

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

$141 - $402

2 alternative options

Fly to Timaru, drive  •  9 h 16 min

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

$193 - $928

Drive, ferry  •  21 h 28 min

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

$231 - $350

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, 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 Timaru, then take the drive to Lake Wanaka.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Palmerston, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Tauranga, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Gisborne, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Nelson, Wellington
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Queenstown, Wellington
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Napier, Wellington
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Auckland to Timaru via Blenheim, Wellington
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $850
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 47 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 Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Bus operators
Connectabus
Website
connectabus.com
Bus from Queenstown Airport to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Schedules at
connectabus.com
Alpine Connexions
Phone
+64 3 443 9120
Email
wanaka.depot@ritchies.co.nz
Website
alpineconnexions.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown Airport to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
alpineconnexions.co.nz
InterCity Coachlines
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 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$39
Saver Change
$46
Easy Change
$53

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Auckland to Lake Wanaka?

The distance between Auckland and Lake Wanaka is 989 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka?

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka is to fly and bus which costs $200 - $600 and takes 6 h 45 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka?

The quickest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka is to fly and bus which takes 6 h 45 min and costs $200 - $600.

How long does it take to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka?

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