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There are 4 ways to get from Mount Cook to Stewart Island by bus, ferry or plane

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Recommended option

Travel, bus, ferry

  1. Travel from Mount Cook to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
  3. Take the bus from Queenstown Airport to Ascot Park Hotel
  4. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry

  1. Take the bus from Fox Glacier to Queenstown
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown bus station to Invercargill
  3. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

2 alternative options

Bus to Hokitika, fly, ferry

  1. Take the bus from Franz Josef to Hokitika
  2. Fly from Hokitika (HKK) to Invercargill (IVC)
  3. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

Travel, bus to Christchurch, fly, ferry

  1. Travel from Mount Cook to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Christchurch Airport
  3. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Invercargill (IVC)
  4. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
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  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Stewart Island is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Stewart Island is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Stewart Island 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: 20 Jan 2022
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The most affordable way to get from Mount Cook to Stewart Island is to bus and ferry, which costs $180 - $240 and takes 15h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Mount Cook to Stewart Island is to bus and fly and ferry which costs $190 - $470 and takes 12h 45m.

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The distance between Mount Cook and Stewart Island is 419 km.

It takes approximately 11h 35m to get from Mount Cook to Stewart Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Hokitika Airport to Invercargill Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 25m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Mount Cook to Stewart Island.
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  • Distance: 419.4 km
  • Duration: 11h 35m

What companies run services between Mount Cook, Canterbury, New Zealand and Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Mount Cook to Stewart Island. However, you can take the travel to Tekapo, take the bus to Frankton Bus Hub, golf course, take the line 1 bus to Queenstown Airport, take the bus to Ascot Park Hotel, take the drive to Bluff, take the ferry to Stewart Island, then take the travel to Stewart Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Mount Cook to Stewart Island via Fox Glacier, Queenstown bus station, Invercargill, Bluff, and Stewart Island in around 15h 7m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Hokitika to Invercargill via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Flights from Hokitika to Invercargill via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $470
Flights from Christchurch to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Tekapo to Christchurch Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Catch-A-Bus South
Phone
027 4497 994
Website
catchabussouth.com
Bus from Queenstown Airport to Ascot Park Hotel
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
catchabussouth.com
Bus from Queenstown bus station to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
catchabussouth.com
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$45 - $70
Flexi
$110 - $160
Bus from Franz Josef to Hokitika
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$17 - $25
Flexi
$40 - $60
Ferry operators
Stewart Island Experience

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