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Getting to & around the Lake Wanaka region

Getting to Wanaka is just the first part of your spectacular journey. By air, bus or self-drive, getting here is easy. A scenic 60 minute drive from Wanaka, Queenstown Airport is an international gateway into the Lake Wanaka Region. A number of transfer options are available including self-drive, private transfers and shuttles and the regular bus services.

Christchurch and Dunedin Airports are within a 5 hour drive and are linked by bus services and car rentals.


Three international airports are in close proximiy to Wanaka and the Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports and over 40 services a week from Australia directly into the international airport. 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 - 10 mins

Flights to Wanaka

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 - two 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
  • Naked Bus - daily bus services to Wanaka from major towns and cities

Driving to Lake 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. provides basic information about New Zealand road rules and etiquette, along with links to more details about everything that drivers unfamiliar with our roads need to know. It offers valuable guidance to visiting drivers at the three key stages of their trip – before they arrive, when they pick up their rental vehicle and during their journey around New Zealand.

Take the Tourist Driving Theory Quiz to learn the essential Road Code rules you'll need to know to help you stay safe and minimise your chance of an accident in New Zealand. To help tourists the New Zealand Transport Authority has developed steering wheel tags which aim to get vital safety tips to visitors at the time when they need it most.

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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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Search transport options around Lake Wanaka

Search the listings below to find options to suit. Just click on a tab or use the drop down options to refine your search. You can also read stories from our Lake Wanaka blog and find recommended trips to suit any travel style or stay length.

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yello! offers friendly and prompt door to door airport transfers, cabs, ski field transport and much more. With vehicles ranging from small cars...

PO Box 784, Wanaka

Wanaka owned and operated with a selection of quality adventure vehicles, 4WDs, Sedans and mini buses.
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51 Brownston St, Lake Wanaka

Experience stunning Lake Wanaka from the deck of our luxury 8 metre launch.
We offer fishing, cruising, picnics and private charters on the lake.

74 Bill's Way, Wanaka

From $99 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

From famous Milford Sound to the spectacular West Coast Glaciers, Wanaka Flightseeing offers “Flights of Discovery’. Uninterrupted viewing over the Southern Alps, towering...

Wanaka Airport, Wanaka

Our small-group, authentic Farm Safaris and exclusive Photography tours explore the best of Wanaka's raw natural beauty. Travel private back-roads on one of...

11 Sandy's Lane, Wanaka

This exciting 60 minute adventure begins with a relaxing 15 minute jaunt across the lake before entering the mighty Clutha River.
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The Log Cabin,, Wanaka

From $109 NZD

Relax, indulge and enjoy... perky pinots... scrumptious local produce... Lord of the Rings landscapes... behind the scenes stories.... dramatic props... hidden havens... historic...

272 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka

From $189 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Fish & Cruise Wanaka operates year round, giving you the chance to enjoy the lake in comfort with our experienced local guides.
A guided...

PO Box 784, Wanaka

From $90 NZD

Shuttle service from Wanaka to the mountains daily for more information phone our 0800 number.

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Reliable daily schedule service links between
Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin. Special day tour Track n Trail Queenstown / Wanaka-Dunedin and Dunedin-Mt Cook offer unique...

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From $15 NZD

Come and enjoy the exhilaration of flying high above Lake Wanaka or Lake Hawea under a parasail. Single or tandem options available (weight...

Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $120 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Alpine Helicopters are scenic flight specialists and offer an amazing aerial introduction to the breathtaking Southern Lakes and World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring...

10 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka

From $185 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Wanaka Helicopters offers a variety of high standard flights around Lake Wanaka, into the National Parks and surrounding areas such as Mount Aspiring,...

Box 70, Wanaka

Funny french cars Tours offers fun wine tasting and sightseeing throughout the Central Otago region, travelling in quirky citroen 2cv,s, flexible and tailored...

Kennels Lane, Wanaka

From $165 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

We take you to the best vineyards where you'll sample award winning wines, locally sourced gourmet food, and meet some of the wine...

15 Scaife Place, Wanaka

From $195 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

We offer a full range of packaged scenic helicopter flights to Mt Aspiring & Glaciers, Milford Sound and Mt Cook as well as...

2211 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

From $170 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Central Motorways has a variety of modern buses and coaches available for all of your transport requirements. We are pleased to assist conference...

Anderson Road, Wanaka

Take the controls and be the pilot as your experienced instructor guides you through how the plane works. No experience necessary. 20 -...

8 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $199 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Its not every day that you strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap from a perfectly good aircraft ! Welcome to Skydive...

14 Mustang Lane, Wanaka

For an exhilarating way to see this stunning region, take a tour on our spectacular 3-seater cruising trike. Heads will turn as we...

114 Albert Town - Lake Hawea Road, Wanaka

From $50 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0