There are 7 ways to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  15 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Greymouth to Christchurch Airport
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown Queenstown - Christchurch

$67 - $112

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Train, bus via Tekapo  •  15 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  3. Take the bus from Tekapo to Queenstown

$175 - $287

Train, bus  •  16 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Greymouth to Rolleston TranzAlpine
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Queenstown Queenstown - Christchurch

$150 - $247

Drive  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Punakaiki to Queenstown 360.3 miles

$75 - $120

Fly from Hokitika  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Hokitika (HKK) to Queenstown (ZQN) HKK - ZQN

$160 - $509

Bus to Christchurch, fly  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Greymouth to Christchurch Airport
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN) CHC - ZQN

$149 - $396

Bus to Westport, fly  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Punakaiki to Westport
  2. Fly from Westport (WSZ) to Queenstown (ZQN) WSZ - ZQN

$87 - $348

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The cheapest way to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown is to drive which costs $110 - $170 and takes 6 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown is to bus and fly which costs $130 - $550 and takes 6 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Punakaiki to Queenstown. However, there are services departing from Punakaiki and arriving at Queenstown via Greymouth and Christchurch Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 26 min.

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The distance between Punakaiki and Queenstown is 390 km. The road distance is 576.5 km.

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The best way to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 26 min and costs $100 - $170.

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It takes approximately 15 h 26 min to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown, including transfers.

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Punakaiki to Queenstown bus services, operated by West Coast Shuttle, depart from Greymouth station.

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The best way to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown is to bus which takes 15 h 26 min and costs $100 - $170. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $240 - $800 and takes 8 h 14 min.

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There is no direct flight from Hokitika Airport to Queenstown Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Punakaiki to Queenstown bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Queenstown station.

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Map of how to get from Punakaiki to Queenstown.
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  • Distance: 243.7 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 26 min

What companies run services between Punakaiki, New Zealand and Queenstown, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Punakaiki to Queenstown via Greymouth, Greymouth, and Christchurch Airport in around 15 h 26 min. Alternatively, Air New Zealand flies from Punakaiki to Queenstown 5 times a day.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Hokitika to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Hokitika to Queenstown via Christchurch, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Westport to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Westport to Queenstown via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Westport to Queenstown via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Westport to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Train operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $160
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
KiwiRail TranzAlpine
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Greymouth to Rolleston
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
West Coast Shuttle
Website
westcoastshuttle.co.nz
Bus from Greymouth to Christchurch Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
westcoastshuttle.co.nz
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Punakaiki to Westport
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Punakaiki to Queenstown is 576 km. It takes approximately 6 h 59 min to drive from Punakaiki to Queenstown.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Hokitika Airport to Queenstown Airport.

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There are 429+ hotels available in Queenstown. Prices start at $102 USD per night.

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