HElicopter over Wanaka Wanaka sightseeing – Image courtesy of Lake Wanaka Tourism

How to get to Wanaka

Wanaka sits at the southern end of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago around 67km (41mi) north of Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.

The most convenient route to Wanaka is by air to Queenstown Airport (ZQN), located around 7km (4mi) from the Queenstown CBD, followed by bus, taxi or hire car.

Queenstown Airport is about 65km (40mi) from Wanaka via Crown Range Road and takes about 1 hour by car, and 1 hour 35 minutes by bus via Cromwell, with the scheduled bus service running up to 5 times daily.

There are also daily bus services to and from Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Invercargill and Greymouth.


Flight times to Queenstown

With New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer the most convenient daily flights to Queenstown.

Auckland to Queenstown is 1 hr 55 min, direct flight
Wellington to Queenstown is 1 hr 20 min, direct flight
Christchurch to Queenstown is 1 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From United States: Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, Qantas, American Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Queenstown.

Atlanta to Queenstown is 22 hrs 19 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Queenstown is 23 hrs 18 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Queenstown is 19 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Queenstown is 20 hrs 57 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Queenstown is 23 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Queenstown is 16 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Queenstown is 16 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air New Zealand and Qantas offer the most convenient flights to Queenstown.

Toronto to Queenstown is 22 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Queenstown is 24 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Queenstown is 17 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar offer the most convenient flights to Queenstown.

Adelaide to Queenstown is 5 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Queenstown is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Queenstown is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Sydney to Queenstown is 3 hrs, direct flight
Perth to Queenstown is 7 hrs, 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Singapore Airlines operate regular flights to Queenstown.

Singapore to Queenstown is 11 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Queenstown.

London to Queenstown is 26 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Queenstown is 27 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Queenstown.

Paris to Queenstown is 27 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is located around 7km (4mi) from the Queenstown CBD, and about 65km (40mi) from Wanaka. Taxis, hire cars and buses are available.

Note: Wanaka Airport (WKA) ceased scheduled commercial flights in 2013. It now serves as a base for scenic and charter flights to destinations such as Milford Sound and Mount Aspiring National Park.


Entry requirements to New Zealand

A passport valid for at least one month beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel and proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses while in the country.

No visa is required for stays of up to three months for US, Canadian, Irish and South African citizens. UK citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to six months. Australian citizens do not need a visa and may stay indefinitely.


Getting around Wanaka

On foot, bicycle and local bus shuttle services.


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Latest update: How to get to Wanaka: 26 July, 2019


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