There are 5 ways to get from Timaru to Kaikoura by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Timaru to Hornby Christchurch - Dunedin / ...
  2. Take the train from Christchurch to Kaikoura Coastal Pacific

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Bus  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Timaru to Christchurch Christchurch - Dunedin / ...
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura Christchurch - Picton

$24 - $58

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Drive  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Timaru to Kaikoura 226.2 miles

$45 - $75

Fly to Blenheim, train  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Timaru (TIU) to Blenheim (BHE) TIU - BHE
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly to Nelson, bus, train  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Timaru (TIU) to Nelson (NSN) TIU - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
  3. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

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No, there is no direct bus from Timaru to Kaikoura. However, there are services departing from Timaru and arriving at Kaikoura via Christchurch. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 15 min.

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The distance between Timaru and Kaikoura is 296 km. The road distance is 362 km.

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The best way to get from Timaru to Kaikoura without a car is to bus and train which takes 6 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Timaru to Kaikoura, including transfers.

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Timaru to Kaikoura bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Timaru station.

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There is no direct flight from Timaru Airport to Blenheim Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Timaru to Kaikoura bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Kaikoura station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Timaru to Kaikoura is 362 km. It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to drive from Timaru to Kaikoura.

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

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There are 56+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Timaru to Kaikoura.
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  • Distance: 185.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

What companies run services between Timaru, New Zealand and Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Timaru to Kaikoura via Christchurch in around 6 h 15 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Timaru to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Timaru to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Timaru to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Timaru to Nelson via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Timaru to Nelson via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Hornby
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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The best way to get from Timaru to Timaru Airport is to taxi which takes 15 min and costs .

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