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There are 7 ways to get from Christchurch to Wairoa by plane, bus, car, train, ferry or car ferry

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Fly to Napier, bus

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Napier (NPE)
  2. Take the bus from Westshore to Wairoa

Cheapest option

Fly to Gisborne, bus

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Gisborne (GIS)
  2. Take the bus from Makaraka to Wairoa

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Fly to Tauranga, drive

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Tauranga (TRG)
  2. Drive from Tauranga to Wairoa

Train, ferry, bus via Palmerston North

  1. Take the train from Christchurch to Picton
  2. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the train from Wellington to Palmerston North
  4. Take the bus from Palmerston North to Napier
  5. Take the bus from Napier to Wairoa

Train, ferry, bus

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

Bus, ferry

  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 Napier
  4. Take the bus from Napier to Wairoa

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Christchurch to Picton
  2. Take the car ferry from Picton to Wellington
  3. Drive from Wellington to Wairoa
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Wairoa is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Wairoa is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Wairoa is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Christchurch to Wairoa is to bus and ferry which costs $160 - $250 and takes 20h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch to Wairoa is to fly and bus which costs $150 - $490 and takes 6h 10m.

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The distance between Christchurch and Wairoa is 640 km.

The best way to get from Christchurch to Wairoa without a car is to train and ferry and bus via Palmerston North which takes 19h 55m and costs $230 - $410.

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It takes approximately 6h 10m to get from Christchurch to Wairoa, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Napier Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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

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There are two+ hotels available in Wairoa. Prices start at $175 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 Wairoa.
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  • Distance: 640.2 km
  • Duration: 6h 10m

What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Christchurch to Wairoa. However, you can take the line 29 bus to Christchurch International Airport, take the walk to Christchurch airport, fly to Napier, take the walk to Westshore, then take the bus to Wairoa. Alternatively, you can take the line 29 bus to Christchurch International Airport, take the walk to Christchurch airport, fly to Gisborne, take the walk to Makaraka, then take the bus to Wairoa.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Napier
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Christchurch to Napier via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Christchurch to Napier via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Napier, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via New Plymouth, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Queenstown, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne via Nelson, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Christchurch to Tauranga
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $490
Flights from Christchurch to Tauranga via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $490
Flights from Christchurch to Tauranga via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $490
Train operators
KiwiRail - Coastal Pacific
Phone
+64 4495 0775
Website
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $160
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
KiwiRail - Capital Connection
Phone
+64 4495 0775
Website
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
KiwiRail - Northern Explorer
Phone
+64 4495 0775
Website
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Westshore to Wairoa
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Makaraka to Wairoa
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Palmerston North to Napier
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Napier to Wairoa
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Wellington - Central to Napier
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 4498 3302
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
Interislander
Web Saver
$58
Saver Change
$68
Easy Change
$79
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Phone
+64 4 471 6188
Email
bookings@bluebridge.co.nz
Website
bluebridge.co.nz
Car ferry from Picton to Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$58 - $62
Super Sail
$62 - $66
Flexi Sail
$60 - $75

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