There are 7 ways to get from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park by plane, car, train, bus or ferry

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 Taupo, drive  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Taupo (TUO) ZQN - TUO
  2. Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park

$107 - $335

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Bus, ferry  •  27 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Picton
  3. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  4. Take the bus from Wellington - Central to Waiouru

$99 - $207

5 alternative options

Fly to Palmerston, train  •  9 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Palmerston (PMR) ZQN - PMR
  2. Take the train from Palmerston North to Ohakune

$264 - $492

Fly to Wellington, train  •  9 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Wellington (WLG) ZQN - WLG
  2. Take the train from Wellington to Ohakune

$278 - $569

Bus, ferry, train  •  26 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Picton
  3. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  4. Take the train from Wellington to National Park

$204 - $315

Bus, ferry, train via Glentanner Park  •  30 h 32 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
  4. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  5. Take the train from Wellington to Ohakune

$268 - $405

Drive, ferry  •  18 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Queenstown to Picton
  2. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  3. Drive from Wellington - Central to Tongariro National Park

$200 - $293

Questions & Answers

The distance between Queenstown and Tongariro National Park is 859 km.

The best way to get from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park without a car is to bus and ferry and train which takes 26 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 33 min to get from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Queenstown Airport to Taupo Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Jetstar, Sounds Air and Air New Zealand offer flights from Queenstown Airport to Taupo Airport.

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There are 60+ hotels available in Tongariro National Park. Prices start at $46 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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Map of how to get from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park.
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  • Distance: 536.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 33 min

What companies run services between Queenstown, New Zealand and Tongariro National Park, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park. However, you can take the bus to Queenstown Airport, take the walk to Queenstown airport, fly to Taupo, then take the drive to Tongariro National Park. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Queenstown Airport, take the walk to Queenstown airport, fly to Palmerston, take the taxi to Palmerston North, take the train to Ohakune, then take the taxi to Tongariro National Park.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Queenstown to Taupo via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Taupo via Christchurch, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Queenstown to Taupo via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Queenstown to Palmerston via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Queenstown to Palmerston via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Queenstown to Palmerston via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Queenstown to Palmerston via Wellington, Hamilton
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Queenstown to Palmerston via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Queenstown to Taupo via Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Queenstown to Palmerston via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Flights from Queenstown to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Palmerston North to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Wellington to National Park
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
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 Wellington - Central to Waiouru
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
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 Picton to Wellington - Central
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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