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There are 6 ways to get from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier by train, bus, shuttle or plane

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Train, bus, travel

  1. Take the train from Kaikoura to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  3. Travel from Tekapo to Franz Josef Glacier

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Greymouth
  3. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

Bus, travel

  1. Take the bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  3. Travel from Tekapo to Franz Josef Glacier

Bus, shuttle

  1. Take the bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch Central Bus Exchange to Kumara Junction
  3. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Franz Josef YHA

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Kaikoura to Rangiora
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Greymouth
  3. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

Bus, fly

  1. Take the bus from Kaikoura to Belfast
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Hokitika (HKK)
  3. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA

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The cheapest way to get from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier is to bus which costs $85 - $130 and takes 13h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier is to bus and fly which costs $120 - $360 and takes 8h 47m.

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The distance between Kaikōura and Franz Josef Glacier is 308 km.

The best way to get from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier without a car is to train and bus and travel which takes 8h 53m and costs .

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It takes approximately 8h 53m to get from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Hokitika Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Christchurch 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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Map of how to get from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier.
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  • Distance: 308.4 km
  • Duration: 8h 53m

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

You can take a bus from Kaikōura to Franz Josef Glacier via Christchurch, Greymouth, and Franz Josef YHA in around 13h 9m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Hokitika
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $280
Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Kaikoura to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Kaikoura to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Kaikoura to Belfast
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Christchurch Central Bus Exchange to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
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
Bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$22 - $35
Flexi
$55 - $75
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
Atomic Travel
Phone
03 349 0697
Email
info@atomictravel.co.nz
Website
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz

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