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

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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 Picton

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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 Picton

3 alternative options

Drive, bus, train via Rangiora

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Mount Cook Village to Picton

Drive, fly

  1. Drive from Mount Cook Village to Timaru
  2. Fly from Timaru (TIU) to Blenheim (BHE)
Mount Cook Village → Picton
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The most affordable way to get from Mount Cook Village to Picton is to drive and bus, which costs $90 - $150 and takes 11h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Mount Cook Village to Picton is to drive which costs $140 - $210 and takes 7h 56m.

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The distance between Mount Cook Village and Picton is 420 km. The road distance is 662 km.

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It takes approximately 11h 21m to get from Mount Cook Village to Picton, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Timaru Airport to Blenheim Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mount Cook Village to Picton is 662 km. It takes approximately 7h 56m to drive from Mount Cook Village to Picton.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Timaru Airport to Blenheim Airport.

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

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Map of how to get from Mount Cook Village to Picton.
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  • Distance: 420.1 km
  • Duration: 11h 21m

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

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

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Timaru to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $340
Flights from Timaru to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
9h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Rangiora to Picton
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $95
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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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity

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