Visitors arrive daily in Wanaka, some coming in from a larger South Island road trip, while others fly into Queenstown and drive here across the Crown Range. 

By Road

Driving
Wanaka is highly accessible, with major highways passing through it. This includes State Highway 6, which also runs through Queenstown and Fiordland.

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:

 

Km

Miles

Approx Drive Time

Wanaka to Queenstown (via Crown Range)

62

39

1 hour 15 mins

Wanaka to Queenstown (via SH6)

117

73

1 hour 30 mins

Wanaka to Haast

145

90

3 hours

Wanaka to Dunedin

276

171

4 hours 10 mins

Wanaka to Te Anau

273

170

4 hours 25 mins

Wanaka to Christchurch

424

263

6 hours 30 mins

 

Coach/Bus
Your clients can get around the South Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers.

Driving Routes
The Central Otago Wine Trail will take your clients through some of New Zealand’s best wineries situated throughout Alexandra, Cromwell-Bannockburn, Wanaka and Queenstown.

By Air

Clients can fly into Christchurch or Queenstown and transfer to Wanaka by coach or rental vehicle.

Airlines flying into Christchurch include:
Air New Zealand
Jetstar
Qantas
Emirates
Singapore Airlines
Virgin Australia

Airlines flying into Queenstown include:
Air New Zealand
Jetstar
Qantas
Virgin Australia

Approx flying time to other cities:

 

Approx Flying Time

Queenstown to Christchurch

1 hour

Queenstown to Auckland

1 hour 50 mins

 

Getting to and from the airport
Wanaka has its own airport for scenic and charter flights and is approximately 10 minutes' drive from the town centre.

There are various transport options available to the town centre including taxis (approx $30-40), a shuttle (approx $10), or hiring a car.

Hire cars and shuttle/coach services are also available at both Christchurch and Queenstown airports.

Getting Around Wanaka

Getting around Wanaka is easy by foot. However, taxis as well as hire cars and bikes are also available.

There are also tours available to various surrounding areas and attractions.

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