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

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Recommended option

Fly  •  3 h 2 min

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

$89 - $337

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus  •  19 h 40 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 Lake Esplanade YHA

$61 - $134

1 alternative option

Ferry, train, bus  •  19 h 17 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 Lake Esplanade YHA

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

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to fly which costs $130 - $550 and takes 3 h 2 min.

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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 train and bus which takes 19 h 17 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 2 min 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 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 483+ hotels available in Queenstown. Prices start at $101 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 21 min 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: 3 h 2 min

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

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

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
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 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once 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
$16 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
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
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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