There are 4 ways to get from Wellington to Queenstown by plane, ferry, train, bus 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 9 min

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

$89 - $351

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

$76 - $151

2 alternative options

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

Ferry, drive  •  14 h 10 min

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

$157 - $231

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to ferry and bus which costs $110 - $220 and takes 19 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Queenstown is to fly which takes 3 h 9 min and costs $120 - $550.

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The distance between Wellington and Queenstown is 647 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 9 min to get from Wellington to Queenstown, including transfers.

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

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Wellington to Queenstown 4 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 17 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
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $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 Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $55
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 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$38
Saver Change
$45
Easy Change
$51

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