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There are 5 ways to get from Wellington to Kaikoura by ferry, bus, train or plane

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Ferry, bus  •  6h 35m

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

$36 - $62

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Ferry, train  •  7h 9m

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

Fly to Blenheim, train  •  6h 19m

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

Fly to Christchurch, bus  •  6h 45m

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

$46 - $225

Fly to Picton, train  •  6h 39m

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

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Kaikoura is to ferry and bus which costs $50 - $95 and takes 6h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Kaikoura is to ferry and bus which costs $50 - $95 and takes 6h 35m.

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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 6h 35m and costs $50 - $95.

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It takes approximately 6h 35m 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 25m.

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

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There are 58+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 21m 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: 6h 35m

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, take the walk to Picton, then take the bus to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Wellington to Kaikoura via Picton and Picton in around 7h 9m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from Wellington to Picton
Ave. Duration
30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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