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Lake Wanaka has a selection of transport options for getting around the region.
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Lake Wanaka offers a variety of options for that special day from limousines to motorbikes.
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Take a sightseeing tour around the area with a knowledgeable local guide.
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Hire your own transport and then you can explore the Lake Wanaka area at your leisure.
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Getting to Wanaka and Around the Region

There are a variety of ways to get to Wanaka: air, coach or self drive. Wanaka has its own airport with daily flights to Christchurch while 45 minutes away is Queenstown Airport. Christchurch and Dunedin Airports are with 5 hours drive of Wanaka and are linked by a good bus services and car rentals. Use the pages here to help you find the best way to get to Lake Wanaka.

Getting to Wanaka is easy either by air, bus or self drive. Three international airports are in close proximiy to Wanaka and the Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports. From Queenstown it is a short drive to Wanaka or you can catch one of the scheduled shuttles. Regular coach services to and from the main centres arrive and depart daily and if driving yourself then you can choose your destination.

  • Queenstown Airport - 60 min drive 
  • Dunedin Airport - 3 hour drive
  • Christchurch Airport - 5 hour drive
  • Wanaka Airport


Wanaka Bus Services:

Regular coach services link Lake Wanaka with Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, Invercargill and the West Coast including Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

  • Alpine ConneXions - daily coach service to Cromwell, Alexandra, Dunedin Airport and Dunedin. 4 times daily to Queenstown
  • Connectabus - daily coach service between Queenstown and Wanaka
  • Inter City - daily coach services to Queenstown, Christchurch and West Coast
  • Atomic Shuttles - daily coach services to Queenstown, Christchurch, Dunedin and West Coast
  • Southern Link - daily coach services to Queenstown and Christchurch
  • Catch A Bus - daily coach service to Dunedin

Driving to Wanaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is fairly straight forward with wide, relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery just right outside the window. Just remember to watch the road and keep left.

All the major car and campervan hire companies are available at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. Many of these offers specials and discounts so keep an eye out for these.

Driving times:

Place Distance Time
Queenstown (via Crown Range Road) 68 km 1 hr 10 mins
Christchurch 424 km 5 hrs 25 mins
Dunedin 276 km 3 hrs 30 mins
Franz Josef Glacier 287 km 3 hrs 35 mins
Milford Sound 394 km 5 hrs
Mt Cook 203 km 2 hrs 30 mins
Tekapo 198 km 2 hrs 30 mins
Invercargill 285 km 3 hrs 35 mins
Greymouth 469 km 5 hrs 50 mins
Picton 773 km 9 hrs 40 mins


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  • Rental Transport

    Rental Transport (3)

    Hiring a car, 4WD or van is easy in Wanaka. There is a vehicle to suit your requirements.
  • Sightseeing Transport

    Sightseeing (17)

    One of the best ways to gain an insight into this unique area is to take a guided tour with one of our locals and let them share their stories and expert local knowledge with you.
  • Transfer Services Transport

    Transfer Services (5)

    For information on public transport to Wanaka and taxi and shuttle services around the region.



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