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There are 4 ways to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by train, bus, car, plane or shuttle

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Train  •  5 h 31 min

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

$120 - $142

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Bus  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Wellington - Central to Turangi Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central / ...

$54 - $78

2 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h

  1. Drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park 206.8 miles

$40 - $65

Fly, shuttle  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Taupo (TUO) WLG - TUO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Turangi to Whakapapa

$156 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 4 h.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 4 h.

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The distance between Wellington and Tongariro National Park is 241 km. The road distance is 330.9 km.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park without a car is to train which takes 5 h 31 min and costs $180 - $220.

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It takes approximately 5 h 31 min to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park is to train which takes 5 h 31 min and costs $180 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 6 h 54 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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Yes, the driving distance between Wellington to Tongariro National Park is 331 km. It takes approximately 4 h to drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park.

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

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There are 23+ hotels available in Tongariro National Park. Prices start at $19 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Tongariro National Park.
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  • Distance: 150.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 31 min

What companies run services between Wellington, New Zealand and Tongariro National Park, New Zealand?

KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Wellington to Tongariro National Park 3 times a week. Tickets cost $90 - $110 and the journey takes 5 h 19 min. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Wellington to Tongariro National Park 3 times a day. Tickets cost $16 - $45 and the journey takes 5 h 9 min.

Airlines
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Taupo
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $470
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
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Wellington to National Park
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Turangi Alpine Shuttles
Phone
+64 0508 427 677
Website
alpineshuttles.co.nz
Shuttle from Turangi to Whakapapa
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
alpineshuttles.co.nz
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alpineshuttles.co.nz

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 19 min and costs $2.

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