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

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  •  3 h 3 min

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

$89 - $351

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus  •  19 h 25 min

  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

$74 - $149

3 alternative options

Ferry, train, bus  •  19 h 7 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 Queenstown

Car ferry, bus  •  24 h 59 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 Queenstown

$84 - $176

Ferry, drive  •  14 h 10 min

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

$156 - $229

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to ferry and bus which costs $110 - $230 and takes 19 h 25 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to fly which costs $130 - $550 and takes 3 h 3 min.

More details

The distance between Wellington and Queenstown is 647 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Queenstown without a car is to ferry and train and bus which takes 19 h 7 min and costs .

More details

It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to get from Wellington to Queenstown, including transfers.

More details

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

Search flights

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

Search flights

There are 429+ hotels available in Queenstown. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 19 min and costs $2.

More details

Map of how to get from Wellington to Queenstown.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 404.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

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

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

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
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 Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 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 Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
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 Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 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

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including Travelling by boat in Italy, South Korea: Travelling from Seoul to Busan and What documents do I need to cross Niagara Falls? - to help you get the most out of your next trip.