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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, bus, drive  •  20h 6m

  1. Take the train from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  4. Drive from Tekapo to Lake Matheson

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Car ferry, drive  •  10h 12m

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton Wellington
  2. Drive from Picton to Lake Matheson

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Car ferry, bus  •  19h

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington 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 Fox Glacier

Fly to Timaru, drive  •  9h 1m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Timaru (TIU) WLG - TIU
  2. Drive from Timaru to Lake Matheson

Fly to Hokitika, bus  •  8h 26m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Hokitika (HKK) WLG - HKK
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier

Fly to Westport, shuttle, bus  •  10h 3m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Westport (WSZ) WLG - WSZ
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Westport to Greymouth
  3. Take the bus from Greymouth to Fox Glacier

Fly to Queenstown, bus, shuttle  •  14h 28m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Queenstown (ZQN) WLG - ZQN
  2. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Twizel
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Twizel to Mt Cook / Mount Cook

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Lake Matheson is to car ferry and drive which costs $150 - $240 and takes 10h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Lake Matheson is to fly and bus which costs $170 - $600 and takes 8h 26m.

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The distance between Wellington and Lake Matheson is 462 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Lake Matheson without a car is to car ferry and bus which takes 19h and costs $170 - $250.

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It takes approximately 20h 6m to get from Wellington to Lake Matheson, including transfers.

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

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

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There are 44+ hotels available in Lake Matheson. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to bus which takes 35 min and costs $16 - $28.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Lake Matheson.
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  • Distance: 462.2 km
  • Duration: 20h 6m

What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Lake Matheson, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Wellington to Lake Matheson. However, you can take the train to Picton, take the walk to Picton, take the train to Christchurch, take the taxi to Christchurch, take the bus to Tekapo, then take the drive to Lake Matheson. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Wellington to Lake Matheson via Picton, Picton, Nelson, Greymouth, and Fox Glacier in around 19h.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Timaru
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Nelson, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Hamilton, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Napier, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via New Plymouth, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Wellington to Hokitika via Invercargill, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Westport
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Train operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Train from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Website
Interislander
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Picton to Nelson
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Nelson to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Twizel
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Greymouth to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$25 - $40
Flexi
$60 - $85
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Fox Glacier
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Westport to Greymouth
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
The Cook Connection
Phone
+64 21 583 211
Email
travel@cookconnect.co.nz
Website
cookconnect.co.nz
Shuttle from Twizel to Mt Cook / Mount Cook
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $31
Schedules at
cookconnect.co.nz
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cookconnect.co.nz
Ferry operators
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Phone
+64 800 844 844
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
$50 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$54
Super Sail
$62
Flexi Sail
$73

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