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Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch Scenic Bus and Ferry Travel Service
Service Information (with effect from: 01 May 18)
combined bus/coach and ferry services between Wellington, Kaikoura and Christchurch are mow operating

One of the world's most scenic travel journeys, that takes you from New Zealand's capital - Wellington, crossing Cook Strait - a 30 km strip of water that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, where you board your scenic bus/coach from Picton to Kaikoura or Christchurch.

The following are travel options for travelling between Wellington and Christchurch -

Full Day Travel - Wellington to Christchurch

Your travel from
Wellington to Christchurch begins with a 3-hour stunning ferry ride across the Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, it is one of the most beautiful crossings in the world. Sail on the Cook Strait ferry from Wellington in the North Island, across to Picton - located in a sheltered marine harbour town, which is nestled in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds in the South Island.

At Picton, you board your scenic bus/coach with GOLD premium seats, travelling south along the eastern coast of the South Island, passing through the local Marlborough vineyards, Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds and Kaikoura - famous for viewing whales and sea life or continuing south, travelling inland through the northern Canterbury Plains to
Christchurch.

Wellington to Christchurch - Depart Wellington 9.00am/Arrive Christchurch 7.40pm

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Wellington to Kaikoura - Depart Wellington 9.00am/Arrive Kaikoura 4.50pm

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Christchurch to Wellington - Depart Christchurch 7.00am/Arrive Wellington 5.45pm

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Kaikoura to Wellington - Depart Christchurch 10.10am/Arrive Wellington 5.45pm

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You can use a bus ferry travel pass to travel on this scenic bus and ferry service between Christchurch, Kaikoura and Wellington

TranzCoastal Connection route mao

InterCity Coachlines Bus

A Cook Strait ferry