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

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

Fly to Timaru, drive  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Timaru (TIU) WLG - TIU
  2. Drive from Timaru to Franz Josef

$156 - $506

Cheapest option

Fly to Hokitika, bus  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Hokitika (HKK) WLG - HKK
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA

$40 - $288

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Fly to Queenstown, bus  •  11 h 40 min

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

$104 - $381

Fly to Westport, bus  •  9 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Westport (WSZ) WLG - WSZ
  2. Take the bus from Westport Caltex to Greymouth
  3. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

$237 - $423

Ferry, bus  •  17 h 54 min

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Nelson
  3. Take the bus from Nelson to Greymouth
  4. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

$76 - $152

Ferry, train, bus  •  19 h 55 min

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  4. Take the bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA

Ferry, drive  •  9 h 47 min

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

$106 - $159

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Franz Josef is to ferry and drive which costs $150 - $240 and takes 9 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Franz Josef is to fly and bus which costs $60 - $440 and takes 7 h 23 min.

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The distance between Wellington and Franz Josef is 444 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Franz Josef without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 17 h 54 min and costs $110 - $230.

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It takes approximately 8 h 26 min to get from Wellington to Franz Josef, including transfers.

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

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

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There are 50+ hotels available in Franz Josef. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Franz Josef.
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  • Distance: 277.5 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 26 min

What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Franz Josef, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Wellington to Franz Josef. However, you can take the line 91 bus to Wellington Airport, take the walk to Wellington airport, fly to Timaru, then take the drive to Franz Josef. Alternatively, you can take the line 91 bus to Wellington Airport, take the walk to Wellington airport, fly to Hokitika, take the walk to Hokitika i-SITE, then take the bus to Franz Josef.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Timaru
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Nelson, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Westport
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $350
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $160
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
KiwiRail TranzAlpine
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Franz Josef
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Westport Caltex to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Nelson
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Nelson to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
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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