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There are 6 ways to get from Rotorua to Lake Matheson by plane, car, bus, taxi, shuttle, train, ferry or car ferry

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Recommended option

Fly Rotorua to Timaru, drive  •  10h 50m

  1. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Timaru (TIU) ROT - TIU
  2. Drive from Timaru to Lake Matheson

Cheapest option

Fly Rotorua to Hokitika, bus  •  10h 35m

  1. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Hokitika (HKK) ROT - HKK
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier

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Taxi to Tauranga, fly to Christchurch, shuttle, bus  •  11h 53m

  1. Take a taxi from Rotorua to Tauranga
  2. Fly from Tauranga (TRG) to Christchurch (CHC) TRG - CHC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
  4. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier

Fly Rotorua to Christchurch, shuttle, bus  •  12h 9m

  1. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Christchurch (CHC) ROT - CHC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
  3. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier

Bus, train, ferry, drive  •  32h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Hamilton - Central
  2. Take the train from Hamilton to Wellington
  3. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  4. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch
  5. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  6. Drive from Tekapo to Lake Matheson

Drive, car ferry  •  15h 34m

  1. Drive from Rotorua to Wellington
  2. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Lake Matheson
Rotorua → Lake Matheson
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lake Matheson is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lake Matheson is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Lake Matheson is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0800 358 5453.

Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Rotorua to Lake Matheson is to fly and bus which costs $190 - $750 and takes 10h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotorua to Lake Matheson is to fly and bus which costs $190 - $750 and takes 10h 35m.

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The distance between Rotorua and Lake Matheson is 791 km.

It takes approximately 10h 50m to get from Rotorua to Lake Matheson, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Rotorua Airport to Timaru Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 30m and has one stopover.

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

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There are 35+ hotels available in Lake Matheson. Prices start at $175 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Rotorua to Rotorua Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 14 min and costs $2 - $4.

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Map of how to get from Rotorua to Lake Matheson.
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  • Distance: 791.5 km
  • Duration: 10h 50m

What companies run services between Rotorua, New Zealand and Lake Matheson, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Rotorua to Lake Matheson. However, you can take the line 10 bus to Rotorua Airport, take the walk to Rotorua airport, fly to Timaru, then take the drive to Lake Matheson. Alternatively, you can take the line 10 bus to Rotorua Airport, take the walk to Rotorua airport, fly to Hokitika, take the walk to Hokitika i-SITE, take the bus to Fox Glacier, then take the taxi to Lake Matheson.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Rotorua to Timaru via Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Rotorua to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Rotorua to Hokitika via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Rotorua to Hokitika via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
Flights from Tauranga to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
Train operators
KiwiRail - Northern Explorer
Phone
+64 4495 0775
Website
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Hamilton to Wellington
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
GreatSights
Phone
+64 9 583 5790
Email
info@greatsights.co.nz
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
Bus from Kumara Junction to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$23 - $35
Flexi
$55 - $80
East West Coaches
Phone
+64 27 201 8825
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Christchurch International Airport to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 4498 3302
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
Interislander
Web Saver
$58
Saver Change
$68
Easy Change
$79
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Phone
+64 4 471 6188
Email
bookings@bluebridge.co.nz
Website
bluebridge.co.nz
Car ferry from Wellington to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$58 - $62
Super Sail
$62 - $66
Flexi Sail
$60 - $75
Other operators
Taxi from Rotorua to Tauranga
Ave. Duration
52 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Taxi Cabs Rotorua
Phone
+64 7 347 9797
Website
rotoruataxi.co.nz
Rotorua Taxis
Phone
+64 7 348 1111
Website
rotoruataxis.co.nz

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