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There are 3 ways to get from Wellington to Christchurch by plane, ferry, bus or train

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Fly  •  2h 55m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Christchurch (CHC) WLG - CHC

$34 - $195

2 alternative options

Ferry, bus  •  10h 15m

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

$41 - $79

Ferry, train  •  10h 29m

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton Wellington - Central - Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch Coastal Pacific

$156 - $165

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Christchurch is to fly which costs $50 - $300 and takes 2h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Christchurch is to fly which costs $50 - $300 and takes 2h 55m.

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The distance between Wellington and Christchurch is 305 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Christchurch without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 10h 15m and costs $60 - $120.

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It takes approximately 2h 55m to get from Wellington to Christchurch, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer flights from Wellington 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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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 21m and costs $2.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 190.9 miles
  • Duration: 2h 55m

What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Christchurch, New Zealand?

Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Sounds Air fly from Wellington to Christchurch hourly.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Train operators
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
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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