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There are 4 ways to get from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier by bus, plane or shuttle

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Bus, travel

  1. Take the bus from Invercargill to Queenstown bus station
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Twizel
  3. Travel from Twizel to Franz Josef Glacier

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Invercargill to Queenstown bus station
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Fox Glacier

Fly to Hokitika, bus

  1. Fly from Invercargill (IVC) to Hokitika (HKK)
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA

Fly to Christchurch, shuttle, bus

  1. Fly from Invercargill (IVC) to Christchurch (CHC)
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
  3. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Franz Josef YHA
Invercargill → Franz Josef Glacier
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Franz Josef Glacier is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Franz Josef Glacier is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Franz Josef Glacier is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0800 358 5453.

Last updated: 29 Nov 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier is to bus which costs $100 - $150 and takes 11h 45m.

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The fastest way to get from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier is to fly and bus which takes 6h 52m and costs $130 - $440.

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The distance between Invercargill and Franz Josef Glacier is 357 km.

The best way to get from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier without a car is to bus and travel which takes 8h 54m and costs .

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It takes approximately 8h 54m to get from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Invercargill Airport to Hokitika Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 10m and has one stopover.

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

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There are 38+ hotels available in Franz Josef Glacier. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Invercargill to Invercargill Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs $22 - $27.

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Map of how to get from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier.
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  • Distance: 356.6 km
  • Duration: 8h 54m

What companies run services between Invercargill, New Zealand and Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Invercargill to Franz Josef Glacier via Queenstown and Fox Glacier in around 11h 45m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Invercargill to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Flights from Invercargill to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $200
Bus operators
Catch-A-Bus South
Phone
027 4497 994
Website
catchabussouth.com
Bus from Invercargill to Queenstown bus station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
catchabussouth.com
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$45 - $70
Flexi
$110 - $160
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$17 - $25
Flexi
$40 - $60
Bus from Kumara Junction to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz

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