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There are 7 ways to get from Wellington to Dunedin by plane, bus, ferry, car ferry, train or car

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Fly to Dunedin

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Dunedin (DUD)

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Fly to Queenstown, bus

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Queenstown (ZQN)
  2. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Dunedin

Ferry, bus

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

Car ferry, bus

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch Bus Interchange to Dunedin

Car ferry, train, bus

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Otago University

Ferry, train, bus

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Oamaru
  4. Take the train from Oamaru station to Dunedin station

Car ferry, drive

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  2. Drive from Picton to Dunedin
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  • Face masks are recommended
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Dunedin is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Dunedin is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Dunedin is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0800 358 5453.

Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
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The most affordable way to get from Wellington to Dunedin is to fly, which costs $130 - $420 and takes 4h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Dunedin is to fly which costs $130 - $420 and takes 4h 19m.

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The distance between Wellington and Dunedin is 615 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Dunedin without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 17h 35m and costs $130 - $210.

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It takes approximately 4h 19m to get from Wellington to Dunedin, including transfers.

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

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Wellington Airport to Dunedin Airport.

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There are 66+ hotels available in Dunedin. Prices start at $175 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to bus which takes 21 min and costs $5 - $8.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Dunedin.
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  • Distance: 615.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 19m

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

Air New Zealand flies from Wellington to Dunedin every 4 hours.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Wellington to Dunedin via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $850
Train operators
KiwiRail - Coastal Pacific
Phone
+64 4495 0775
Website
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Picton to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $160
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Dunedin Railways
Phone
+64 3 477 4449
Email
reserve@dunedinrailways.co.nz
Website
dunedinrailways.co.nz
Train from Oamaru station to Dunedin station
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Schedules at
dunedinrailways.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Otago University
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Oamaru
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Atomic Travel
Email
info@atomictravel.co.nz
Website
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch Bus Interchange to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch Bus Interchange to Oamaru
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 4498 3302
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
Interislander
Web Saver
$58
Saver Change
$68
Easy Change
$79
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Phone
+64 4 471 6188
Email
bookings@bluebridge.co.nz
Website
bluebridge.co.nz
Car ferry from Wellington to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$58 - $62
Super Sail
$62 - $66
Flexi Sail
$60 - $75

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