There are 6 ways to get from Auckland to Palmerston North by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Auckland to Palmerston  •  2 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Palmerston (PMR) AKL - PMR

$49 - $152

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Bus  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Palmerston North Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central / ...

$22 - $60

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Bus to Hamilton, fly to Palmerston  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
  2. Fly from Hamilton (HLZ) to Palmerston (PMR) HLZ - PMR

$121 - $387

Fly Auckland to Wanganui, bus  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Wanganui (WAG) AKL - WAG
  2. Take the bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Palmerston North

$278 - $605

Train  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Palmerston North Northern Explorer

$120 - $150

Drive  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Palmerston North 325.6 miles

$70 - $110

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland - Central and arriving at Palmerston North. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Auckland Strand and arriving at Palmerston North. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 8 h 25 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Palmerston North is 397 km. The road distance is 521 km.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Palmerston North without a car is to train which takes 8 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 41 min to get from Auckland to Palmerston North, including transfers.

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Auckland to Palmerston North bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Auckland - Central station.

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Auckland to Palmerston North train services, operated by KiwiRail Northern Explorer, depart from Auckland Strand station.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Palmerston North is to fly which takes 2 h 41 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 25 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 9 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Palmerston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Auckland to Palmerston North bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Palmerston North station.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Palmerston North.
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  • Distance: 248.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 41 min

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Palmerston North, New Zealand?

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Auckland to Palmerston North hourly. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland to Palmerston North once daily. Tickets cost $120 - $150 and the journey takes 8 h 25 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $290
Flights from Auckland to Palmerston via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$35 - $290
Flights from Hamilton to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Auckland to Wanganui
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $280
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $120
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
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 Whanganui / Wanganui to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $60
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

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Auckland to Palmerston North train services, operated by KiwiRail Northern Explorer, arrive at Palmerston North station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland to Palmerston North is 521 km. It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to drive from Auckland to Palmerston North.

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

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There are 62+ hotels available in Palmerston North. Prices start at $74 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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