There are 7 ways to get from Wellington to Milford Sound by plane, car, ferry, train, bus or car ferry

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

Fly, drive  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Queenstown (ZQN) WLG - ZQN
  2. Drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

$121 - $391

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus  •  26 h

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

$89 - $190

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Ferry, train, bus, drive  •  22 h 5 min

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  4. Take the bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
  5. Drive from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

Ferry, train, bus  •  26 h 15 min

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

Car ferry, train, bus  •  26 h 34 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the train from Picton to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
  4. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

Car ferry, bus  •  31 h 23 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Glentanner Park
  4. Take the bus from Glentanner Park to Frankton Bus Interchange
  5. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

$99 - $216

Ferry, drive  •  17 h 17 min

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

$186 - $279

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Milford Sound is to ferry and bus which costs $130 - $290 and takes 26 h.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Milford Sound is to fly and drive which costs $180 - $600 and takes 5 h 54 min.

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The distance between Wellington and Milford Sound is 672 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Milford Sound without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 26 h and costs $130 - $290.

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It takes approximately 5 h 54 min to get from Wellington to Milford Sound, including transfers.

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

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

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There are one+ hotels available in Milford Sound. Prices start at $100 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 Milford Sound.
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  • Distance: 420.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 54 min

What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Milford Sound, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Wellington to Milford Sound. However, you can take the line 91 bus to Wellington Airport, take the walk to Wellington airport, fly to Queenstown, then take the drive to Milford Sound. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Picton, take the walk to Picton, take the train to Christchurch, take the taxi to Christchurch, take the bus to Tekapo, take the bus to Frankton Bus Interchange, then take the drive to Milford Sound.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$37
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$50

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