There are 6 ways to get from Wellington to Christchurch by plane, ferry, train, car ferry, bus or car

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Fly  •  2 h 47 min

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

$34 - $195

5 alternative options

Ferry, train  •  9 h 36 min

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

Car ferry, train  •  10 h 11 min

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

Ferry, bus  •  10 h 15 min

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

$53 - $94

Car ferry, bus  •  12 h

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

$53 - $96

Ferry, drive  •  9 h 7 min

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

$101 - $144

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Christchurch is to fly which costs $50 - $300 and takes 2 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Christchurch is to fly which costs $50 - $300 and takes 2 h 47 min.

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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 train which takes 9 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 47 min 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 50 min.

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

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There are 483+ hotels available in Christchurch. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 19 min 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: 2 h 47 min

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
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Ferry operators
Interislander
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
$37
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$50

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