Wanaka to Christchurch

January 1st, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

I’m in Wanaka from 2nd to 5th or 6th of January and it seems Wanaka is one of those places easier to get into than out of.

They have no rental car agencies, and there is only one flight to Christchurch a day, costing $400!

There is a bus service to Christchurch, but I have a loathing of travelling on long distance buses.

So the purpose of the post is to see if any readers happen to be travelling from Wanaka to Christchurch around the 5th  to 7th of January and have a spare seat?

Failing that my Wanaka hostess has said she will lend me a piece of cardboard and a mini-skirt so I can show some leg off and try and hitch a lift!  think we can agree that is a scenario best avoided.

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15 Responses to “Wanaka to Christchurch”

  1. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Even if you have to crawl to Christchurch , do not catch that bus. It takes about 27 hours and stops at every farm gate and when you’d like it to stop it doesn’t.

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  2. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    “and there is only one flight to Christchurch a day, costing $400!”

    ..and that finishes shortly..Air NZ pulling the pin on it.

    Not surprised passenger numbers are non existent on it…you can fly cheaper to Aussie.

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  3. peterwn (3,215 comments) says:

    The Wanaka to Christchurch bus trip (actually shuttle to Tarras then Christchurch bus) is a world class scenic tour in its own right. Flying to Christchurch unless you are in a hurry is criminal. The ’27 hour’ service would be via Haast Pass and Arthurs Pass and is in effect another scenic tour.

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  4. Redbaiter (8,039 comments) says:

    “Failing that my Wanaka hostess has said she will lend me a piece of cardboard and a mini-skirt so I can show some leg off and try and hitch a lift! think we can agree that is a scenario best avoided.”

    Maybe not- seeing as Kiwiblog is rapidly becoming one of the gayest places on the net, such a trick might just get you picked up quite quickly by one of your queer liberal/ progressive regulars.

    In fact holding that picture in their mind, they would probably even kick dust off a wet gravel road to get there before anyone else.

    Narsekissa? Chutneychute Guy? TheDavaselinemode?

    You guys down there anywhere?

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  5. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    ‘I have a loathing of travelling on long distance buses.’

    Trains over buses every time. Why would you want to be treated like cattle in a bus.

    Trains have no traffic or lights to battle with. Plus dining cars.

    If trains do cost more far worth it. I would like to know why though

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  6. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Classic Red, LOL !..Happy new year.

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  7. noskire (835 comments) says:

    I hear David Bain is holidaying in Wanaka and about to head back to Christchurch around that time. You could ride shotgun.

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  8. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    The Intercity bus services are great. Very frequent services, low cost and comfortable.

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  9. MT_Tinman (3,055 comments) says:

    Of course a pleasant half hour or so (by bus) wander across the Crowne Range from Wanaka brings you (via several Gibbston Valley vineyards if required) to Queenstown with it’s 8,762 car rental outlets and it’s international airport.

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  10. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    But book soon DPF, or the best fares will be sold out.

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  11. Nookin (3,191 comments) says:

    I know of no-one at this stage but may on Thursday or Friday (back to work). Can you e-mail where you are staying?

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  12. Steve (North Shore) (4,524 comments) says:

    Failing that my Wanaka hostess has said she will lend me a piece of cardboard and a mini-skirt so I can show some leg off and try and hitch a lift! think we can agree that is a scenario best avoided.

    Your Wanaka hostess wants to give you the miniskirt to keep forever, the cardboard can be given to the next hitch hiker.

    Change undies at the next deerfarm fence

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  13. voice of reason (491 comments) says:

    DPF – I gues you mean no Avis, Hertz etc but you could try Adventure Rentals in Brownston St

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  14. nadir (100 comments) says:

    do what everyone else does:

    wanakaconnexions shuttle to queenstown airport ($35) and fly from there to chch

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  15. pq (728 comments) says:

    yeah me farrar, I am travelling up there on the 7th.
    delay your life if you tough and come up with me and delicious Thai wifel to St Bathanns the long way home.
    What time you need home,

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