There are 6 ways to get from Wellington to Ohakune by train, bus, car or plane

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  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Wellington to Ohakune Northern Explorer

$96 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus via Whanganui / Wanganui  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Wellington - Central to Whanganui / Wanganui Whanganui / Wanganui - Wellington Airport / ...
  2. Take the bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Ohakune Auckland - Central - Palmerston North

$25 - $60

4 alternative options

Bus ManaBus.com  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Wellington City to Bulls N1 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bulls to Ohakune Auckland - Central - Palmerston North

$25 - $60

Drive  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Wellington to Ohakune 180.1 miles

$35 - $60

Fly to Palmerston, train  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Palmerston (PMR) WLG - PMR
  2. Take the train from Palmerston North to Ohakune

$147 - $422

Fly to Hamilton, bus  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Hamilton (HLZ) WLG - HLZ
  2. Take the bus from Ohaupo to Ohakune

$93 - $319

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Ohakune is to bus which costs $35 - $90 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Ohakune is to drive which takes 3 h 29 min and costs $55 - $85.

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The distance between Wellington and Ohakune is 215 km. The road distance is 288 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 48 min to get from Wellington to Ohakune, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Wellington to Ohakune. However, there are services departing from Wellington City and arriving at Ohakune via Bulls. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

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What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Ohakune, New Zealand?

KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Wellington to Ohakune once daily. Tickets cost $90 - $110 and the journey takes 4 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Wellington to Ohakune via Bulls in around 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $320
Flights from Wellington to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Flights from Wellington to Hamilton via Palmerston
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Palmerston North to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Wellington City to Bulls
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
manabus.com
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Bulls
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Bulls to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Whanganui / Wanganui
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Ohaupo to Ohakune
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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