There are 4 ways to get from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Tekapo to Queenstown Queenstown - Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Te Anau Queenstown - Milford Sound / ...

$27 - $81

3 alternative options

Bus via Queenstown Airport  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange Queenstown - Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown Airport to Te Anau Queenstown - Te Anau

$45 - $77

Drive  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau 260.5 miles

$55 - $85

Bus, fly  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Tekapo to Christchurch Airport
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN) CHC - ZQN
  3. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Te Anau

$126 - $393

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau. However, there are services departing from Tekapo and arriving at Te Anau via Queenstown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 15 min.

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The distance between Lake Tekapo and Te Anau is 269 km. The road distance is 416.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 15 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to get from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau, including transfers.

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Lake Tekapo to Te Anau bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Tekapo station.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Lake Tekapo to Te Anau bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Te Anau station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lake Tekapo to Te Anau is 417 km. It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to drive from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau.

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

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There are 84+ hotels available in Te Anau. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau.
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  • Distance: 167.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 15 min

What companies run services between Lake Tekapo, New Zealand and Te Anau, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau via Queenstown in around 7 h 15 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Christchurch Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Tracknet
Website
tracknet.net
Bus from Queenstown to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown Airport to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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