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There are 2 ways to get from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson by bus, taxi or car

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Bus, taxi

  1. Take the bus from Punakaiki to Greymouth
  2. Take the bus from Greymouth to Hokitika
  3. Take the bus from Hokitika to Whataroa
  4. Take a taxi from Whataroa to Lake Matheson

Drive

  1. Drive from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson
Punakaiki → Lake Matheson
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lake Matheson is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lake Matheson is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Lake Matheson is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0800 358 5453.

Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson is to drive which costs $75 - $110 and takes 2h 56m.

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The fastest way to get from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson is to drive which takes 2h 56m and costs $75 - $110.

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The distance between Punakaiki and Lake Matheson is 186 km. The road distance is 245.6 km.

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The best way to get from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 5h 22m and costs $270 - $350.

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It takes approximately 5h 22m to get from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Punakaiki to Lake Matheson is 246 km. It takes approximately 2h 56m to drive from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson.

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There are 35+ hotels available in Lake Matheson. Prices start at $175 NZD per night.

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Map of how to get from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson.
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  • Distance: 185.7 km
  • Duration: 5h 22m

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

There is no direct connection from Punakaiki to Lake Matheson. However, you can take the bus to Greymouth, take the bus to Hokitika, take the bus to Whataroa, then take the taxi to Lake Matheson. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Lake Matheson.

Bus operators
GreatSights
Phone
+64 9 583 5790
Email
info@greatsights.co.nz
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Greymouth to Hokitika
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$5 - $8
Flexi
$12 - $18
Bus from Hokitika to Whataroa
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$13 - $19
Flexi
$30 - $45
Other operators
Taxi from Whataroa to Lake Matheson
Ave. Duration
43 min
Estimated price
$240 - $290

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