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

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

Train, ferry  •  16h 58m

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

$291 - $329

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  19h 37m

  1. Take the bus from National Park to Palmerston North
  2. Take the bus from Palmerston North to Wellington - Central
  3. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  4. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch

$87 - $167

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Train, ferry, bus  •  17h 52m

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

$153 - $215

Train to Palmerston, fly  •  7h 34m

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

$164 - $379

Train to Wellington, fly  •  9h 52m

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

$147 - $331

Train to Hamilton, fly  •  8h 49m

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

$240 - $645

Shuttle, bus to Rotorua, fly  •  8h 43m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from National Park Village to Turangi
  2. Take the bus from Turangi to Rotorua Airport
  3. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Christchurch (CHC) ROT - CHC

$162 - $541

Train to Auckland, fly  •  10h 21m

  1. Take the train from National Park to Papakura
  2. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Christchurch (CHC) AKL - CHC

$152 - $378

Train, bus to New Plymouth, fly  •  10h 50m

  1. Take the train from National Park to Otorohanga
  2. Take the bus from Otorohanga to Waitara
  3. Fly from New Plymouth (NPL) to Christchurch (CHC) NPL - CHC

$194 - $361

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch is to bus and ferry which costs $130 - $260 and takes 19h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch is to train and fly which costs $240 - $600 and takes 7h 34m.

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The distance between Tongariro National Park and Christchurch is 539 km.

The best way to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch without a car is to train and ferry which takes 16h 58m and costs $440 - $500.

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It takes approximately 16h 58m to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Palmerston Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer flights from Palmerston Airport to Christchurch Airport.

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There are 527+ hotels available in Christchurch. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 337 miles
  • Duration: 16h 58m

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 taxi to National Park, take the train to Wellington, take the walk to Wellington Station - Stop D, take the line 1 bus to Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, take the walk to Wellington - Central, take the ferry to Picton, take the walk to Picton, then take the train to Christchurch. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Tongariro National Park to Christchurch via Whakapapa, National Park Village, National Park, Wellington, Wellington Station - Stop D, Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, Wellington - Central, Picton, and Picton in around 17h 52m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Hamilton to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Palmerston to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $260
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Flights from Auckland to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from New Plymouth to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from National Park to Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from National Park to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from National Park to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from National Park to Papakura
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from National Park to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$131
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from National Park to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Palmerston North to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Turangi to Rotorua Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Otorohanga to Waitara
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Tongariro Crossing Shuttle
Website
tongarirocrossingshuttles.co.nz
Shuttle from National Park Village to Turangi
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
tongarirocrossingshuttles.co.nz
Book at
tongarirocrossingshuttles.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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