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There are 5 ways to get from Queenstown to Christchurch by plane, bus or car

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Fly from Queenstown  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Christchurch (CHC) ZQN - CHC

$105 - $336

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Bus InterCity Coachlines  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Canterbury Museum Queenstown - Christchurch

$21 - $55

3 alternative options

Bus to Dunedin, fly  •  6 h 25 min

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

$68 - $229

Bus GreatSights  •  12 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Glentanner Park Queenstown - Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Glentanner Park to Christchurch Queenstown - Christchurch

Drive  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Queenstown to Christchurch 303.4 miles

$65 - $95

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The cheapest way to get from Queenstown to Christchurch is to bus which costs $30 - $85 and takes 8 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Queenstown to Christchurch is to fly which costs $150 - $550 and takes 3 h 3 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Queenstown and arriving at Canterbury Museum. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 24 min.

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The distance between Queenstown and Christchurch is 357 km. The road distance is 485.5 km.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Christchurch without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 24 min and costs $30 - $85.

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It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to get from Queenstown to Christchurch, including transfers.

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Queenstown to Christchurch bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Queenstown station.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Christchurch is to fly which takes 3 h 3 min and costs $150 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $85 and takes 8 h 24 min.

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The quickest flight from Queenstown Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Queenstown to Christchurch bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Canterbury Museum station.

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Map of how to get from Queenstown to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 223.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

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

Air New Zealand flies from Queenstown to Christchurch 4 times a day. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Queenstown to Christchurch once daily. Tickets cost $21 - $55 and the journey takes 8 h 24 min. GreatSights also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Queenstown to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Dunedin to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Dunedin Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Canterbury Museum
Ave. Duration
8 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Queenstown to Christchurch is 485 km. It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to drive from Queenstown to Christchurch.

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

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There are 508+ hotels available in Christchurch. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Queenstown Airport is to line 1 bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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