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There are 5 ways to get from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura by car, bus, train or shuttle

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Drive, bus

  1. Drive from Mount Cook Village to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura

Drive, bus, train

  1. Drive from Mount Cook Village to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Christchurch
  3. Take the train from Christchurch to Kaikoura

Shuttle, bus

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Mt Cook Lodge and Motels to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura

Shuttle, bus, train

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Mt Cook Lodge and Motels to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Christchurch
  3. Take the train from Rangiora to Kaikoura

Drive

  1. Drive from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura
Mount Cook Village → Kaikōura
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kaikōura is 0800 358 5453.

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The cheapest way to get from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura is to drive and bus which costs $80 - $130 and takes 8h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 6h 1m.

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The distance between Mount Cook Village and Kaikōura is 327 km. The road distance is 504.2 km.

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The best way to get from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura without a car is to shuttle and bus which takes 10h 28m and costs $90 - $140.

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It takes approximately 8h 24m to get from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura is 504 km. It takes approximately 6h 1m to drive from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura.

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There are 42+ hotels available in Kaikōura. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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Map of how to get from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura.
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  • Distance: 326.7 km
  • Duration: 8h 24m

What companies run services between Mount Cook Village, New Zealand and Kaikōura, Canterbury, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Mount Cook Village to Kaikōura. However, you can take the drive to Tekapo, take the bus to Christchurch, then take the bus to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Tekapo, take the bus to Christchurch, take the taxi to Christchurch, then take the train to Kaikoura.

Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Rangiora to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
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 Tekapo to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
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Bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
The Cook Connection
Phone
+64 21 583 211
Email
travel@cookconnect.co.nz
Website
cookconnect.co.nz
Shuttle from Mt Cook Lodge and Motels to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $40
Schedules at
cookconnect.co.nz
Book at
cookconnect.co.nz

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