How to Reach Kaikoura, New Zealand

The Easiest Way 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.

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How to Reach Kaikoura from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Nelson to Kaikoura 130.98 km 2 hours 10 mins
Amberley to Kaikoura 134.49 km 2 hours 14 mins
Picton to Kaikoura 156.48 km 2 hours 25 mins
Christchurch to Kaikoura 189.85 km 2 hours 57 mins
Wellington to Kaikoura 574.41 km 9 hours 37 mins