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There are 4 ways to get from Reefton to Wanaka by shuttle, bus, car or plane

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Shuttle, bus  •  14h 8m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Reefton to Christchurch Airport
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Cromwell
  3. Take the bus from Cromwell to Wanaka

3 alternative options

Drive  •  6h 9m

  1. Drive from Reefton to Wanaka 534.5 km

Shuttle, fly to Wanaka  •  5h 43m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Reefton to Christchurch Airport
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Wanaka (WKA) CHC - WKA

Shuttle, fly to Queenstown, bus  •  8h 40m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Reefton to Christchurch Airport
  2. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN) CHC - ZQN
  3. Take the bus from Queenstown Airport to Lakefront Carpark
Reefton → Wanaka
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The cost-effective way to get from Reefton to Wanaka is to drive, which costs $110 - $170 and takes 6h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Reefton to Wanaka is to shuttle and fly which costs $310 - $500 and takes 5h 43m.

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The distance between Reefton and Wanaka is 362 km. The road distance is 534.5 km.

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The best way to get from Reefton to Wanaka without a car is to shuttle and bus which takes 14h 8m and costs $130 - $170.

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It takes approximately 14h 8m to get from Reefton to Wanaka, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Wanaka Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reefton to Wanaka is 534 km. It takes approximately 6h 9m to drive from Reefton to Wanaka.

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Sounds Air offers flights from Christchurch Airport to Wanaka Airport.

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There are 77+ hotels available in Wanaka. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Reefton to Christchurch Airport is to shuttle which takes 3h 45m and costs $80.

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Map of how to get from Reefton to Wanaka.
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  • Distance: 361.5 km
  • Duration: 14h 8m

What companies run services between Reefton, New Zealand and Wanaka, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Reefton to Wanaka. However, you can take the shuttle to Christchurch Airport, take the walk to Christchurch International Airport, take the line 3 bus to Bus Interchange, take the walk to Christchurch, take the bus to Cromwell, then take the bus to Wanaka. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Wanaka.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Christchurch to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Bus operators
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Reefton to Christchurch Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Cromwell to Wanaka
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$6 - $10
Flexi
$16 - $23
Ritchies Auckland
Phone
+64 9-832 5428
Website
ritchies.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown Airport to Lakefront Carpark
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $34
Website
Ritchies Auckland
AT HOP card
$23 - $35
Cash
$28 - $34

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