There are 4 ways to get from Christchurch to Queenstown by plane, bus 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  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN) CHC - ZQN

$106 - $343

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Queenstown Queenstown - Christchurch

$21 - $55

2 alternative options

Bus via Tekapo  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo Queenstown - Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA Queenstown - Christchurch

$29 - $74

Drive  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Christchurch to Queenstown 303.1 miles

$65 - $95

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Christchurch to Queenstown is to bus which costs $30 - $80 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch to Queenstown is to fly which costs $150 - $550 and takes 2 h 49 min.

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The distance between Christchurch and Queenstown is 357 km. The road distance is 484.9 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 49 min to get from Christchurch to Queenstown, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Christchurch and arriving at Queenstown. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 10 min.

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What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Queenstown, New Zealand?

Air New Zealand flies from Christchurch to Queenstown 4 times a day. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Christchurch to Queenstown twice daily. Tickets cost $21 - $55 and the journey takes 8 h 10 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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