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There are 4 ways to get from Christchurch to Doubtful Sound / Patea by bus or plane

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Bus, travel

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Te Anau
  3. Travel from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound / Patea

Fly to Invercargill, travel

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Invercargill (IVC)
  2. Travel from Invercargill to Doubtful Sound / Patea

Fly to Queenstown, bus, travel

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN)
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Te Anau
  3. Travel from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound / Patea

Fly to Wanaka, bus, travel

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Wanaka (WKA)
  2. Take the bus from Luggate to Queenstown
  3. Take the bus from Queenstown to Te Anau
  4. Travel from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound / Patea
Christchurch → Doubtful Sound / Patea
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Doubtful Sound / Patea is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Doubtful Sound / Patea is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Doubtful Sound / Patea is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 29 Nov 2021
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The distance between Christchurch and Doubtful Sound / Patea is 490 km.

The best way to get from Christchurch to Doubtful Sound / Patea without a car is to bus and travel which takes 12h 44m and costs .

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It takes approximately 12h 44m to get from Christchurch to Doubtful Sound / Patea, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Invercargill Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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

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The best way to get from Christchurch to Christchurch Airport is to line 29 bus which takes 30 min and costs $5.

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Map of how to get from Christchurch to Doubtful Sound / Patea.
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  • Distance: 490.4 km
  • Duration: 12h 44m

What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Doubtful Sound / Patea, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Christchurch to Doubtful Sound / Patea. However, you can take the bus to Queenstown, take the bus to Te Anau, then take the travel to Doubtful Sound / Patea. Alternatively, you can take the line 29 bus to Christchurch International Airport, take the walk to Christchurch airport, fly to Invercargill, then take the travel to Doubtful Sound / Patea.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $190
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Christchurch to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $420
Bus operators
awesomeNZ
Email
info@awesomenz.com
Website
awesomenz.com
Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Luggate to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$12 - $19
Flexi
$30 - $45

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