There are 9 ways to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch by car, plane, train, bus or ferry

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

Drive to New Plymouth, fly  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Tongariro National Park to New Plymouth
  2. Fly from New Plymouth (NPL) to Christchurch (CHC) NPL - CHC

$117 - $259

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  16 h 4 min

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

$78 - $148

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Train to Palmerston, fly  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Ohakune to Palmerston North
  2. Fly from Palmerston (PMR) to Christchurch (CHC) PMR - CHC

$249 - $481

Train to Wellington, fly  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Ohakune to Wellington
  2. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Christchurch (CHC) WLG - CHC

$232 - $428

Train to Hamilton, fly  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from National Park to Hamilton
  2. Fly from Hamilton (HLZ) to Christchurch (CHC) HLZ - CHC

$264 - $674

Bus to Rotorua, fly  •  7 h 41 min

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

$167 - $545

Train, ferry  •  16 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Ohakune to Wellington
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch

Train, ferry, bus  •  16 h 52 min

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

$248 - $327

Drive, ferry  •  13 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Christchurch

$145 - $210

Questions & Answers

The distance between Tongariro National Park and Christchurch is 536 km.

The best way to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch without a car is to train and ferry which takes 16 h 13 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from New Plymouth Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer flights from New Plymouth 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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Map of how to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 335 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 24 min

What companies run services between Tongariro National Park, New Zealand and Christchurch, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch. However, you can take the drive to New Plymouth airport, fly to Christchurch, take the walk to Christchurch International Airport, then take the bus to Christchurch. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Ohakune, take the train to Palmerston North, take the taxi to Palmerston airport, fly to Christchurch, take the walk to Christchurch International Airport, then take the bus to Christchurch.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Hamilton
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
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
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
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
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $260
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Ohakune to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Ohakune to Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from National Park to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Turangi to Rotorua Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Waiouru to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
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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