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There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Stewart Island by plane, ferry, bus, train or car

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 Invercargill, ferry  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Invercargill (IVC) AKL - IVC
  2. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

$216 - $768

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Fly to Queenstown, bus, ferry  •  11 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Queenstown (ZQN) AKL - ZQN
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown Airport to Bluff
  3. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

$162 - $447

3 alternative options

Train, ferry, drive  •  30 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Bluff
  4. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

$359 - $508

Bus, ferry, drive via Johnsonville - Stop B  •  31 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Bluff
  4. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

$242 - $412

Bus, ferry, drive  •  31 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Bluff
  4. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

$243 - $413

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Stewart Island is to fly and bus and ferry which costs $240 - $700 and takes 11 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Stewart Island is to fly and ferry which costs $320 - $1,200 and takes 8 h 25 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Stewart Island is 1265 km.

It takes approximately 8 h 25 min to get from Auckland to Stewart Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Auckland Airport to Invercargill Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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

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The best way to get from Auckland to Auckland Airport is to bus which takes 42 min and costs $18.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Stewart Island.
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  • Distance: 790.5 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 25 min

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Auckland to Stewart Island. However, you can take the bus to Stop B International Terminal, take the walk to Auckland airport, fly to Invercargill, take the drive to Bluff, take the ferry to Stewart Island, then take the travel to Stewart Island. Alternatively, 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 Bluff, take the ferry to Stewart Island, then take the travel to Stewart Island.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Invercargill via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Invercargill via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Invercargill via Nelson, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Invercargill via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Invercargill via New Plymouth, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 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
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
Catch-A-Bus South
Website
catchabussouth.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown Airport to Bluff
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
catchabussouth.co.nz
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
10 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Stewart Island Experience
Phone
0800 000 511
Email
info@sie.co.nz
Website
stewartislandexperience.co.nz
Ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
stewartislandexperience.co.nz
Bluff to Stewart Island
$51
Invercargill to Stewart Island
$68
Queenstown to Stewart Island
$100
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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