How to Reach Kaikoura


  • Kaikoura Airport is located about 7 kms south of town, but is very small and services mostly charter fights. There is no public transport to and from the airport, but transport from Kaikoura Shuttles can be arranged.
  • Many buses run between the various towns in the region, such as InterCity or Southern Link K Bus, and can be found next to the i-SITE Visitors Centre. There are also trains that run between Kaikoura and bigger cities such as Christchurch and Blenheim.
  • There is a local shuttle service around the Kaikoura district, called Kaikoura Door to Door Shuttles, as well as a few taxi services, so you can arrange pick-ups and drop-offs to various destinations. Renting a car is favourable as there is not much public transport in this region.
Route Distance Time
Picton to Kaikoura 127.65 km 2 hours 7 mins
Nelson to Kaikoura 130.98 km 2 hours 10 mins
Amberley to Kaikoura 134.49 km 2 hours 14 mins
Christchurch to Kaikoura 169.42 km 2 hours 49 mins
Wellington to Kaikoura 173.19 km 2 hours 53 mins
Porirua (wellington) to Kaikoura 190.28 km 3 hours 10 mins
Porirua to Kaikoura 190.34 km 3 hours 10 mins
Lincoln to Kaikoura 190.74 km 3 hours 10 mins
Timaru to Kaikoura 347.91 km 5 hours 47 mins
New plymouth to Kaikoura 372.13 km 6 hours 12 mins