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There are 6 ways to get from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier by plane, bus, shuttle, train or car ferry

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Fly to Timaru, travel

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Timaru (TIU)
  2. Travel from Timaru to Franz Josef Glacier

Cheapest option

Fly to Hokitika, bus

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Hokitika (HKK)
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA

4 alternative options

Fly to Westport, shuttle, bus

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Westport (WSZ)
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Westport to Greymouth
  3. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

Train, bus, travel

  1. Take the train from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  4. Travel from Tekapo to Franz Josef Glacier

Car ferry, bus

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Nelson
  3. Take the bus from Nelson to Greymouth
  4. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

Car ferry, travel

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  2. Travel from Picton to Franz Josef Glacier

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier is to car ferry and bus which costs $140 - $210 and takes 19h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier is to fly and bus which costs $130 - $420 and takes 6h 28m.

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The distance between Mount Cook and Franz Josef Glacier is 447 km.

The best way to get from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier without a car is to train and bus and travel which takes 17h 27m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 58m to get from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Timaru Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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

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There are 37+ hotels available in Franz Josef Glacier. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Mount Cook to Wellington Airport is to taxi which takes 8 min and costs $30 - $40.

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Map of how to get from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 447.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 58m

What companies run services between Mount Cook, Wellington, New Zealand and Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Mount Cook to Franz Josef Glacier. However, you can take the taxi to Wellington airport, fly to Timaru, then take the travel to Franz Josef Glacier. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Wellington airport, fly to Hokitika, take the walk to Hokitika i-SITE, take the bus to Franz Josef YHA, then take the travel to Franz Josef Glacier.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Timaru
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Nelson, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Westport
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Train operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Train from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Website
Interislander
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
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
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
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Westport to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
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 Picton to Nelson
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Nelson to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Ferry operators
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Phone
+64 800 844 844
Email
bookings@bluebridge.co.nz
Website
bluebridge.co.nz
Car ferry from Wellington to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $65
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$56
Super Sail
$58
Flexi Sail
$63

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