There are 5 ways to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo by bus, train or car

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  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Oamaru to Christchurch Christchurch - Dunedin / ...
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo Queenstown - Christchurch

$27 - $70

Cheapest option

Bus, drive via Timaru  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Oamaru to Timaru Christchurch - Dunedin / ...
  2. Drive from Timaru to Lake Tekapo

$24 - $44

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  11 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Oamaru to Dunedin
  2. Take the bus from Dunedin to Cromwell
  3. Take the bus from Cromwell to Tekapo

$75 - $130

Bus, drive  •  2 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Oamaru to Makikihi Christchurch - Dunedin
  2. Drive from Makikihi to Lake Tekapo

$25 - $44

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo 109.6 miles

$23 - $35

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo. However, there are services departing from Oamaru and arriving at Tekapo via Christchurch. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 45 min.

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The distance between Oamaru and Lake Tekapo is 128 km. The road distance is 175.4 km.

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The best way to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 45 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 45 min to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo, including transfers.

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Oamaru to Lake Tekapo bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Oamaru station.

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Oamaru to Lake Tekapo bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Tekapo station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Oamaru to Lake Tekapo is 175 km. It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to drive from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo.

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There are 119+ hotels available in Lake Tekapo. Prices start at $164 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo.
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  • Distance: 79.9 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 45 min

What companies run services between Oamaru, New Zealand and Lake Tekapo, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo via Christchurch in around 8 h 45 min.

Train operators
Dunedin Railways
Phone
+64 3 477 4449
Email
reserve@dunedinrailways.co.nz
Website
dunedinrailways.co.nz
Train from Oamaru to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Schedules at
dunedinrailways.co.nz
Book at
taieri.rezweb.com
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Oamaru to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin to Cromwell
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Cromwell to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Oamaru to Makikihi
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $21
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Oamaru to Timaru
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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