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.

Recommended option

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

$29 - $71

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 - $45

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

$78 - $132

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo 109.6 miles

$23 - $35

Bus, drive  •  2 h 13 min

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

$25 - $45

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 2 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo is to bus and drive which costs $35 - $70 and takes 2 h 13 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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It takes approximately 8 h 45 min to get from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo, including transfers.

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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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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 - $65
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 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin to Cromwell
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Cromwell to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Oamaru to Makikihi
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Oamaru to Timaru
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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