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There are 3 ways to get from Wellington to Queenstown by plane, ferry, bus or train

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Fly  •  3h 11m

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

$93 - $338

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus  •  19h 40m

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Lake Esplanade YHA

$61 - $134

1 alternative option

Ferry, train, bus  •  20h 40m

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

$177 - $222

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to ferry and bus which costs $90 - $210 and takes 19h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to fly which costs $140 - $550 and takes 3h 11m.

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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 bus which takes 19h 40m and costs $90 - $210.

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It takes approximately 3h 11m to get from Wellington to Queenstown, including transfers.

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

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

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There are 516+ hotels available in Queenstown. Prices start at $115 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 21m and costs $2.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Queenstown.
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  • Distance: 404.6 miles
  • Duration: 3h 11m

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

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Wellington to Queenstown every 4 hours.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
5h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$131
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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