Directions from Wellington to Kaikoura

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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

$102 - $146

Cheapest option

Car ferry, bus  •  8 h 19 min

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

$48 - $86

7 alternative options

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

$49 - $81

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

Fly to Blenheim, train  •  5 h 57 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 2 min

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

Fly to Christchurch, train  •  7 h 6 min

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

Fly to Nelson, bus, train  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Nelson (NSN) WLG - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
  3. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

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
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Flights from Wellington to Nelson
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
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
23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from Wellington to Nelson
Ave. Duration
41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Flights from Wellington to Nelson
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $230
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
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$38
Saver Change
$45
Easy Change
$52

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Wellington and Kaikoura is 154 km.

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

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

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