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There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Wellington by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Auckland  •  3 h 20 min

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

$42 - $134

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Bus  •  11 h

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

$26 - $70

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Bus to Hamilton, fly  •  4 h 56 min

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

$104 - $325

Train  •  10 h 40 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 fly which costs $60 - $210 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Wellington is to fly which costs $60 - $210 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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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.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Auckland Strand and arriving at Wellington. Services depart three times a week, and operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 40 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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The best way to get from Auckland to Wellington without a car is to train which takes 10 h 40 min and costs $210 - $250.

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It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to get from Auckland to Wellington, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Auckland to Wellington is to fly which takes 3 h 20 min and costs $60 - $210. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $250 and takes 10 h 40 min, you could also bus, which costs $40 - $110 and takes 11 h.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Wellington.
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  • Distance: 308.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 20 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 3 times a week. Tickets cost $140 - $170 and the journey takes 10 h 40 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
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Wellington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Auckland to Wellington bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Wellington - Central station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland to Wellington is 642 km. It takes approximately 7 h 48 min to drive from Auckland to Wellington.

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

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There are 185+ hotels available in Wellington. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Auckland Airport is to bus which takes 44 min and costs $18.

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