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There are 5 ways to get from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu by plane, car, ferry, bus, car ferry or train

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Fly to Queenstown  •  3h 9m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Queenstown (ZQN) WLG - ZQN

Cheapest option

Fly to Wanaka, drive  •  5h 52m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Wanaka (WKA) WLG - WKA
  2. Drive from Wanaka to Lake Wakatipu

3 alternative options

Ferry, bus  •  19h 43m

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

Car ferry, train, bus  •  20h 38m

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Queenstown

Car ferry, drive  •  13h 29m

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

Wellington (WLG) to Queenstown (ZQN) flights

37 Weekly Planes
2h 25m Average Duration
$64 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu is to fly and drive which costs $100 - $460 and takes 5h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu is to fly which costs $150 - $480 and takes 3h 9m.

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The distance between Wellington and Lake Wakatipu is 657 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 19h 43m and costs $190 - $280.

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It takes approximately 3h 9m to get from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Queenstown Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer flights from Wellington Airport to Queenstown Airport.

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There are 144+ hotels available in Lake Wakatipu. 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 21 min and costs $5 - $8.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu.
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  • Distance: 656.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 9m

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

Jetstar and Air New Zealand fly from Wellington to Lake Wakatipu 5 times a day.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $400
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Wanaka via Blenheim, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,500
Flights from Wellington to Wanaka via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $410
Flights from Wellington to Wanaka via Nelson, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $950
Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
Interislander
Web Saver
$58
Saver Change
$68
Easy Change
$79
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
$55 - $75
Website
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries
Saver Sail
$58 - $62
Super Sail
$62 - $66
Flexi Sail
$60 - $75

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