There are 8 ways to get from Rotorua to Christchurch by plane, bus, night 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 from Rotorua  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Christchurch (CHC) ROT - CHC

$106 - $466

Cheapest option

Night bus to Auckland, fly  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the night bus from Rotorua to Manukau City
  2. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC) AKL - CHC

$53 - $280

6 alternative options

Bus to Hamilton, fly  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to St Peters School
  2. Fly from Hamilton (HLZ) to Christchurch (CHC) HLZ - CHC

$169 - $572

Bus to Tauranga, fly  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Bayfair
  2. Fly from Tauranga (TRG) to Christchurch (CHC) TRG - CHC

$109 - $628

Bus to Napier, fly  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Napier Airport
  2. Fly from Napier (NPE) to Christchurch (CHC) NPE - CHC

$92 - $286

Bus, ferry, train  •  18 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch

Bus, ferry  •  19 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch

$74 - $150

Drive, ferry  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Rotorua to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Christchurch

$161 - $233

Questions & Answers

The distance between Rotorua and Christchurch is 672 km.

The best way to get from Rotorua to Christchurch without a car is to bus and ferry and train which takes 18 h 28 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 46 min to get from Rotorua to Christchurch, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Rotorua Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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

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There are 489+ hotels available in Christchurch. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rotorua to Rotorua Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 13 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Rotorua to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 420.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 46 min

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

Air New Zealand flies from Rotorua to Christchurch hourly.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Palmerston
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Napier to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Napier to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Napier to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Napier to Christchurch via Blenheim
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$480 - $520
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to St Peters School
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Bayfair
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Napier Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Night bus from Rotorua to Manukau City
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
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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