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.

Recommended option

Fly to Blenheim  •  5 h 41 min

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

$172 - $349

Cheapest option

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

$39 - $100

5 alternative options

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

$175 - $341

Fly to Wellington, ferry  •  7 h 31 min

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

$127 - $424

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

$49 - $129

Drive  •  11 h

  1. Drive from Queenstown to Picton 553.8 miles

$120 - $180

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Queenstown to Picton is to bus which costs $55 - $150 and takes 16 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Queenstown to Picton is to fly which costs $250 - $550 and takes 5 h 41 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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It takes approximately 5 h 41 min to get from Queenstown to Picton, including transfers.

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

Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Sounds Air 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
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Queenstown to Wellington via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $470
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 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 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $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
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$37
Saver Change
$44
Easy Change
$51

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