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There are 6 ways to get from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson by bus, car ferry, train, car, plane or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, car ferry

  1. Take the bus from New Plymouth Boys High STUDENTS ONLY to Palmerston North
  2. Take the bus from Palmerston North to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  4. Take the bus from Picton to Nelson
  5. Take the bus from Nelson to Greymouth
  6. Take the bus from Greymouth to Fox Glacier

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Fly to Hokitika, bus

  1. Fly from New Plymouth (NPL) to Hokitika (HKK)
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier

Bus, train, drive

  1. Take the bus from New Plymouth Girls High STUDENTS ONLY to Otorohanga
  2. Take the train from Otorohanga to Wellington
  3. Take the train from Wellington - Central to Picton
  4. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  5. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  6. Drive from Tekapo to Lake Matheson

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from New Plymouth to Wellington
  2. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Lake Matheson

Fly to Timaru, drive

  1. Fly from New Plymouth (NPL) to Timaru (TIU)
  2. Drive from Timaru to Lake Matheson

Fly to Christchurch, shuttle, bus

  1. Fly from New Plymouth (NPL) to Christchurch (CHC)
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
  3. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson is to drive and car ferry which costs $210 - $340 and takes 14h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson is to fly and bus which costs $190 - $490 and takes 7h 53m.

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The distance between New Plymouth and Lake Matheson is 596 km.

The best way to get from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 27h 29m and costs $220 - $350.

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It takes approximately 27h 29m to get from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from New Plymouth Airport to Timaru Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 35m and has one stopover.

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

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There are 38+ hotels available in Lake Matheson. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from New Plymouth to New Plymouth Airport is to taxi which takes 12 min and costs $55 - $70.

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Map of how to get from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson.
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  • Distance: 595.7 km
  • Duration: 27h 29m

What companies run services between New Plymouth, New Zealand and Lake Matheson, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from New Plymouth to Lake Matheson. However, you can take the bus to Palmerston North, take the bus to Wellington - Central, take the walk to Wellington, take the car ferry to Picton, take the walk to Picton, take the bus to Nelson, take the bus to Greymouth, take the bus to Fox Glacier, then take the taxi to Lake Matheson. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Otorohanga, take the walk to Otorohanga, take the train to Wellington, take the walk to Wellington Station - Stop D, take the line 25 bus to Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, take the walk to Wellington - Central, take the train to Picton, take the walk to Picton, take the train to Christchurch, take the taxi to Christchurch, take the bus to Tekapo, then take the drive to Lake Matheson.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from New Plymouth to Timaru via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from New Plymouth to Timaru via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $420
Flights from New Plymouth to Timaru via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Flights from New Plymouth to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Flights from New Plymouth to Hokitika via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $420
Flights from New Plymouth to Hokitika via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Otorohanga to Wellington
Ave. Duration
6h 47m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.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
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
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from New Plymouth Boys High STUDENTS ONLY to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Palmerston North to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $45
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
Bus from New Plymouth Girls High STUDENTS ONLY to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
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
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Greymouth to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$25 - $40
Flexi
$60 - $85
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
Bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$23 - $35
Flexi
$55 - $80
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
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
$50 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$54
Super Sail
$62
Flexi Sail
$73

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