There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Wellington by plane, 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 from Auckland  •  2 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Wellington (WLG) AKL - WLG

$38 - $140

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central

$25 - $70

3 alternative options

Bus to Hamilton, fly  •  5 h 16 min

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

$104 - $326

Train  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Wellington Northern Explorer

$140 - $170

Drive  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Wellington 401.3 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Wellington is to bus which costs $35 - $100 and takes 11 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Wellington is to fly which costs $55 - $220 and takes 2 h 59 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Wellington is 493 km. The road distance is 642.1 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 59 min to get from Auckland to Wellington, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland - Central and arriving at Wellington - Central. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Auckland Strand and arriving at Wellington. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 35 min.

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The nearest airport to Wellington is Wellington (WLG) Airport which is 5.6 km away. Other nearby airports include Blenheim (BHE) (79.8 km), Palmerston (PMR) (128.6 km), Nelson (NSN) (129.6 km) and Napier (NPE) (269.2 km).

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Wellington.
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  • Distance: 308.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 59 min

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Wellington, New Zealand?

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Auckland to Wellington hourly. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland to Wellington once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $170 and the journey takes 10 h 35 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Flights from Hamilton to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
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
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
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
$10
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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