There are 7 ways to get from Rotorua to Christchurch by plane, bus, ferry, train, night bus, car ferry 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 from Rotorua  •  3 h 41 min

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

$106 - $466

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  18 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Wellington City N1
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch

$71 - $151

5 alternative options

Bus to Hamilton, fly  •  4 h 45 min

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

$169 - $577

Bus to Tauranga, fly  •  5 h 7 min

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

$110 - $629

Bus, ferry, train  •  17 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Wellington City N1
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch

Night bus, car ferry, bus  •  20 h 19 min

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

$75 - $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 cheapest way to get from Rotorua to Christchurch is to bus and ferry which costs $100 - $230 and takes 18 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotorua to Christchurch is to fly which costs $150 - $700 and takes 3 h 41 min.

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The distance between Rotorua and Christchurch is 672 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 41 min to get from Rotorua to Christchurch, including transfers.

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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 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 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 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Palmerston
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to 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 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
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
$10 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Bayfair
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Night bus from Rotorua to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Rotorua to Wellington City
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
manabus.com
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 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$37
Saver Change
$44
Easy Change
$50

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