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There are 6 ways to get from Wellington to Taumarunui by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 52 min

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

$170 - $197

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Bus  •  7 h 20 min

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

$26 - $64

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Drive  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Wellington to Taumarunui 223.8 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Taupo, drive  •  3 h 48 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 2 min

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

$88 - $306

Fly to Palmerston, bus  •  7 h 38 min

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

$91 - $375

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Taumarunui is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Taumarunui is to fly and drive which costs $190 - $550 and takes 3 h 48 min.

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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 Whanganui / Wanganui. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 20 min.

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

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The best way to get from Wellington to Taumarunui without a car is to train which takes 5 h 52 min and costs $250 - $300.

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

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Wellington to Taumarunui bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Wellington - Central station.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Taumarunui is to train which takes 5 h 52 min and costs $250 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $100 and takes 7 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Taupo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Wellington to Taumarunui bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Taumarunui station.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Taumarunui.
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  • Distance: 169.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 52 min

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 Whanganui / Wanganui in around 7 h 20 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Taupo via Auckland
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 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 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 Whanganui / Wanganui
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Taumarunui
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Ohaupo to Taumarunui
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Palmerston North to Taumarunui
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Wellington to Taumarunui is 358 km. It takes approximately 4 h 20 min to drive from Wellington to Taumarunui.

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Air New Zealand and Sounds Air offer flights from Wellington Airport to Taupo Airport.

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There are 14+ hotels available in Taumarunui. Prices start at $65 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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