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There are 4 ways to get from Christchurch to Lake Matheson by shuttle, bus, car or plane

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Shuttle, bus

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch Central Bus Exchange to Kumara Junction
  2. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier

Cheapest

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Greymouth
  2. Take the bus from Greymouth to Fox Glacier

Drive

  1. Drive from Christchurch to Lake Matheson

Fly, bus

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Hokitika (HKK)
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier
Christchurch → Lake Matheson
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lake Matheson is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lake Matheson is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Lake Matheson is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Christchurch to Lake Matheson is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 4h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch to Lake Matheson is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 4h 49m.

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The distance between Christchurch and Lake Matheson is 216 km. The road distance is 409.5 km.

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The best way to get from Christchurch to Lake Matheson without a car is to shuttle and bus which takes 8h 30m and costs $120 - $140.

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It takes approximately 8h 30m to get from Christchurch to Lake Matheson, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Hokitika Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Christchurch to Lake Matheson is 409 km. It takes approximately 4h 49m to drive from Christchurch to Lake Matheson.

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

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There are 38+ hotels available in Lake Matheson. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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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 Lake Matheson.
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  • Distance: 215.9 km
  • Duration: 8h 30m

What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Lake Matheson, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Lake Matheson via Greymouth and Fox Glacier in around 9h 45m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Hokitika
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Bus operators
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Christchurch Central Bus Exchange to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$23 - $35
Flexi
$55 - $80
Bus from Greymouth to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$25 - $40
Flexi
$60 - $85
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
Atomic Travel
Phone
03 349 0697
Email
info@atomictravel.co.nz
Website
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz

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