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There are 8 ways to get from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park by plane, car, train, bus, shuttle or ferry

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 to New Plymouth, drive  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to New Plymouth (NPL) CHC - NPL
  2. Drive from New Plymouth to Tongariro National Park

$113 - $258

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  16 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Picton
  2. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the bus from Wellington - Central to Waiouru

$69 - $136

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Fly to Palmerston, train  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Palmerston (PMR) CHC - PMR
  2. Take the train from Palmerston North to Ohakune

$273 - $630

Fly to Wellington, train  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Wellington (WLG) CHC - WLG
  2. Take the train from Wellington to Ohakune

$228 - $440

Fly to Hamilton, train  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Hamilton (HLZ) CHC - HLZ
  2. Take the train from Hamilton to National Park

$259 - $676

Fly to Rotorua, bus, shuttle  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Rotorua (ROT) CHC - ROT
  2. Take the bus from Rotorua Airport to Taupo
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Taupo to Mangatepopo

$195 - $584

Train, ferry  •  16 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Christchurch to Picton
  2. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the train from Wellington to Ohakune

$222 - $266

Bus, ferry, train  •  16 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Picton
  2. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the train from Wellington to Ohakune

$239 - $309

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park is to bus and ferry which costs $100 - $210 and takes 16 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park is to fly and drive which costs $170 - $400 and takes 6 h 14 min.

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The distance between Christchurch and Tongariro National Park is 536 km.

The best way to get from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park without a car is to train and ferry which takes 16 h 16 min and costs $330 - $410.

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It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to get from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to New Plymouth Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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

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There are 59+ hotels available in Tongariro National Park. Prices start at $46 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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Map of how to get from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park.
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  • Distance: 335 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 14 min

What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Tongariro National Park, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park. However, you can take the line 29 bus to Christchurch International Airport, take the walk to Christchurch airport, fly to New Plymouth, then take the drive to Tongariro National Park. Alternatively, you can take the line 29 bus to Christchurch International Airport, take the walk to Christchurch airport, fly to Palmerston, take the taxi to Palmerston North, take the train to Ohakune, then take the taxi to Tongariro National Park.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to New Plymouth
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Christchurch to New Plymouth via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Christchurch to New Plymouth via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Christchurch to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Christchurch to Palmerston via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Christchurch to Palmerston via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Christchurch to Wellington
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Flights from Christchurch to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Christchurch to Hamilton via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Christchurch to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Christchurch to Rotorua via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Christchurch to Rotorua via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Christchurch to Wellington
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Palmerston North to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Hamilton to National Park
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua Airport to Taupo
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Waiouru
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Tongariro Expeditions
Phone
+64 (07) 377 0435
Email
info@tongariroexpeditions.com
Website
tongariroexpeditions.com
Shuttle from Taupo to Mangatepopo
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$43
Schedules at
tongariroexpeditions.com
Book at
bookings.bookit.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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