There are 7 ways to get from Queenstown to Picton by plane, bus, ferry, 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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Fly to Blenheim  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Blenheim (BHE) ZQN - BHE

$172 - $334

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Bus  •  16 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Christchurch Queenstown - Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Picton Christchurch - Picton

$37 - $98

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Fly to Nelson, bus  •  7 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Nelson (NSN) ZQN - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Picton

$174 - $325

Fly to Wellington, ferry  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Wellington (WLG) ZQN - WLG
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton

$128 - $389

Bus, train  •  15 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Hornby
  3. Take the train from Christchurch to Picton

Bus via Glentanner Park  •  19 h 44 min

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

$46 - $123

Drive  •  11 h

  1. Drive from Queenstown to Picton 553.8 miles

$120 - $180

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No, there is no direct bus from Queenstown to Picton. However, there are services departing from Lake Esplanade YHA and arriving at Picton via Christchurch. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 10 min.

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The distance between Queenstown and Picton is 601 km. The road distance is 886.1 km.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Picton without a car is to bus and train which takes 15 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 6 min to get from Queenstown to Picton, including transfers.

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Queenstown to Picton bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Lake Esplanade YHA station.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Picton is to fly which takes 6 h 6 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16 h 10 min.

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There is no direct flight from Queenstown Airport to Blenheim Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Queenstown to Picton is 886 km. It takes approximately 11 h to drive from Queenstown to Picton.

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

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Map of how to get from Queenstown to Picton.
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  • Distance: 375.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 6 min

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

Air New Zealand, Sounds Air and Jetstar fly from Queenstown to Picton hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Queenstown to Picton via Christchurch in around 16 h 10 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Queenstown to Wellington via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Picton
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Hornby
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$36
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$49

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There are 99+ hotels available in Picton. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Queenstown Airport is to bus which takes 16 min and costs .

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