There are 8 ways to get from Wellington to Kaikoura by ferry, car, bus, train, car ferry or plane

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

Ferry, drive  •  9 h 23 min

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

$101 - $144

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Ferry, bus  •  6 h 35 min

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

$47 - $78

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Ferry, train  •  6 h 39 min

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

Car ferry, train  •  7 h 14 min

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

Car ferry, bus  •  8 h 20 min

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

$47 - $80

Fly to Blenheim, train  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Blenheim (BHE) WLG - BHE
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly to Picton, train  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Picton (PCN) WLG - PCN
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly to Christchurch, train  •  6 h 50 min

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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Kaikoura is to car ferry and bus which costs $70 - $130 and takes 8 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Kaikoura is to ferry and bus which costs $70 - $120 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The distance between Wellington and Kaikoura is 154 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Kaikoura without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 6 h 35 min and costs $70 - $120.

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It takes approximately 9 h 23 min to get from Wellington to Kaikoura, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Blenheim Airport is the direct flight which takes 25 min.

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Air New Zealand and Sounds Air offer flights from Wellington Airport to Blenheim Airport.

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There are 54+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $75 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 Kaikoura.
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  • Distance: 95.9 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 23 min

What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Wellington to Kaikoura. However, you can take the ferry to Picton then take the drive to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Wellington to Kaikoura via Picton in around 6 h 35 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from Wellington to Picton
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
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
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Rangiora to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
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
$36
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$49

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