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

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Bus  •  6h 15m

  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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Bus, train  •  6h 21m

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

Bus via Christchurch International Airport  •  7h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Timaru to Christchurch International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura Christchurch - Picton

$40 - $62

Drive  •  4h 52m

  1. Drive from Timaru to Kaikoura 226.2 miles

$45 - $75

Fly, train  •  7h 28m

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

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The cheapest way to get from Timaru to Kaikoura is to bus which costs $35 - $90 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Timaru to Kaikoura is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 4h 52m.

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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 6h 15m.

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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 which takes 6h 15m and costs $35 - $90.

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It takes approximately 6h 15m 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 2h 40m 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 4h 52m to drive from Timaru to Kaikoura.

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  • Distance: 185.1 miles
  • Duration: 6h 15m

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 6h 15m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Timaru to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Timaru to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Hornby
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Atomic Travel
Phone
03 349 0697
Email
info@atomictravel.co.nz
Website
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Christchurch Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Timaru to Christchurch International Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz

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

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There are 58+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $82 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Timaru to Timaru Airport is to taxi which takes 15m and costs $35 - $50.

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