Section One The Region
||Km||Miles||Approx Drive Time|
|Christchurch -Wanaka||424||263||6 hours 5 minutes|
|Christchurch - Queenstown||486||301||6 hours 55 minutes|
|Queenstown - Dunedin||283||176||4 hours 5 minutes|
|Te Anau - Invercargill||152||94||2 hours 10 minutes|
|Te Anau - Dunedin||290||180||4 hours 10 minutes|
|Wanaka - Haast||145||90||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Queenstown -Wanaka (via Crown Range)||62||39||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Queenstown - Wanaka (via SH6)||117||73||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Queenstown - Te Anau||170||106||2 hours 25 minutes|
|Queenstown - Milford Sound||291||181||4 hours 10 minutes|
|Te Anau - Milford Sound||121||75||1 hour 45 minutes|
These times are for driving at 80 to 100 km per hour on open stretches, with a small allowance for traffic delays, petrol stops and refreshments.
Southern Scenic Route: This signposted touring route links Te Anau in Fiordland with the Southland and Coastal Otago regions. This route provides visitors to Milford Sound with an alternative return route to Christchurch along the east coast of the South Island www.southernscenicroute.co.nz
Central Otago Wine Trail: Self-drive visitors can follow the Central Otago Wine Trail to see the vineyards of Central Otago, clustered mainly in four sub-regions based in the towns of Alexandra, Cromwell-Bannockburn, Wanaka and Queenstown. www.otagowine.com
Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail: The Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail offers a year-round attraction for people to appreciate the golden heritage of the Otago region. Visit www.goldfieldstrust.org.nz to find out about gold panning, pioneering history, historical sites, travelling information and how to find these places in Central Otago.
Queenstown airport services both domestic and international Trans-Tasman air links.
- Air New Zealand flies directly from Sydney all year round and from
Brisbane and Melbourne in winter. www.airnewzealand.co.nz
- Qantas Airways flies directly from Sydney all year round and from
Brisbane and Melbourne in winter. www.qantas.com.au
- Domestically Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer scheduled services www.airnewzealand.co.nz www.jetstar.co.nz
7 km east of Queenstown, travel time is 10 minutes
Costs to and from airport
Airport to city by:
- Taxi - approx $25 from the taxi stand, meet and greet $30 domestic airport /$35 international airport
- Airport Shuttle - $15.00 for first person, $3.00 per person thereafter
- Airport Bus - Operates 6:30am to 11:00pm daily. Service to & from all major hotels & motels.
Approximate flying times between destinations
||Approx Flying Time|
|Auckland - Queenstown (direct)||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Auckland - Queenstown (via Wellington)||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Rotorua - Queenstown (via Auckland or Wellington)||3 hours - 3 hours 20 minutes|
|Christchurch - Queenstown||1 hour|
These are approximate flying times, including connection times, and will differ depending on the airline and type of aircraft used.
Scheduled Coach Services
InterCity Coachlines operate daily bus services from/to Queenstown and Te Anau, Milford Sound, Invercargill, Dunedin, Wanaka, Mount Cook, Christchurch, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers. www.intercitycoach.co.nz
Other local companies operate services to and from this region. Visit www.newzealand.com and click on Transport or see the following regional websites www.queenstown-NZ.co.nz, www.lakewanaka.co.nz, and www.fiordland.org.nz