There are 3 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 32 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Queenstown (ZQN) AKL - ZQN
  2. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Wanaka YHA

$123 - $373

2 alternative options

Fly to Dunedin, bus  •  9 h 18 min

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

$129 - $400

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 - $345

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka is to fly and bus which costs $180 - $600 and takes 6 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka is to fly and bus which costs $180 - $600 and takes 6 h 32 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Lake Wanaka is 989 km.

It takes approximately 6 h 32 min to get from Auckland to Lake Wanaka, including transfers.

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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 32 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 Auckland International Airport, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Queenstown, take the walk to Frankton Bus Interchange, take the bus to Wanaka YHA, then take the taxi to Lake Wanaka. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Auckland International Airport, 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 YHA, then take the taxi 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 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 45 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
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Wanaka YHA
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin Airport to Cromwell
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Cromwell to Wanaka YHA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $21
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Connectabus
Website
connectabus.com
Bus from Cromwell to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
connectabus.com
Alpine Connexions
Phone
+64 3 443 9120
Email
wanaka.depot@ritchies.co.nz
Website
alpineconnexions.co.nz
Bus from Cromwell to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
alpineconnexions.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
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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