There are 6 ways to get from Wellington to Taumarunui 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Wellington to National Park Northern Explorer

$173 - $205

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 14 min

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

$27 - $66

4 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Wellington to Taumarunui 223.8 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Taupo, drive  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Taupo (TUO) WLG - TUO
  2. Drive from Taupo to Taumarunui

$125 - $363

Fly to Hamilton, bus  •  6 h

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

$90 - $308

Fly to Palmerston, bus  •  7 h 36 min

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

$93 - $376

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Taumarunui is to bus which costs $35 - $100 and takes 7 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Taumarunui is to fly and drive which costs $180 - $550 and takes 3 h 46 min.

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The distance between Wellington and Taumarunui is 271 km. The road distance is 358 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 52 min to get from Wellington to Taumarunui, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Wellington to Taumarunui. However, there are services departing from Wellington - Central and arriving at Taumarunui via Bulls. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 14 min.

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

KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Wellington to Taumarunui once daily. Tickets cost $90 - $110 and the journey takes 5 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Wellington to Taumarunui via Bulls in around 7 h 14 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Taupo via Auckland
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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
Flights from Wellington to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $320
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Taupo
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Wellington to National Park
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Bulls
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Bulls to Taumarunui
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Ohaupo to Taumarunui
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Palmerston North to Taumarunui
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
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 - $21
Schedules at
manabus.com

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