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There are 4 ways to get from Christchurch to Queenstown by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  2 h 50 min

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

$106 - $329

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Bus  •  8 h 10 min

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

$20 - $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

$28 - $73

Drive  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Christchurch to Queenstown 303.1 miles

$65 - $95

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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 $160 - $500 and takes 2 h 50 min.

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

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The best way to get from Christchurch to Queenstown without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 10 min and costs $30 - $80.

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It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to get from Christchurch to Queenstown, including transfers.

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Christchurch to Queenstown bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Christchurch station.

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The best way to get from Christchurch to Queenstown is to fly which takes 2 h 50 min and costs $160 - $500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $80 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Christchurch to Queenstown bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Queenstown station.

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Map of how to get from Christchurch to Queenstown.
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  • Distance: 223.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

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

Air New Zealand flies from Christchurch to Queenstown 5 times a day. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Christchurch to Queenstown twice daily. Tickets cost $20 - $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 8 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
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Christchurch to Queenstown is 485 km. It takes approximately 6 h 4 min to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown.

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

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There are 483+ hotels available in Queenstown. Prices start at $101 USD per night.

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

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