FAQ - Travel and Transport

This page gives various options for travelling to our base at Mt Cook, or to Wanaka, or Methven.

For international visitors Christchurch or Queenstown are the main entry points to the South Island, with the most public transport options.

Please be aware of seasonal timetable variations.

  • Winter: Intercity/Greatsights is the best direct travel option from Christchurch/Queenstown to Mt Cook.
  • Summer: Atomic Shuttles/Cook Connection are the least expensive option.

Christchurch or Queenstown to Mount Cook

Intercity/Great Sights Coaches - Direct to Mt Cook

A year-round daily service to Mt Cook.

  • Departs Christchurch 07:30, arrives at Mt Cook 13:00
  • Departs Queenstown at 07:45 arrives Mt Cook 12:30
  • Both services depart Mt Cook at 14:30

This bus service is part of their "Great Sights" service, and through peak season may charge a premium price.

Intercity Flexi-Pass

Buying a "Flexi-Pass" is often the most economic way to travel with InterCity Coaches. You can buy at 15 hour Flexi-Psass for NZ$119, and use this to book your Intercity ticket.

Christchurch or Queenstown to Mount Cook - via Twizel

During summer (October - May) Atomic Travel/Cook Connection is the cheapest option for travel to Mt Cook.

Atomic Travel links with the Cook Connection service in Twizel (the nearest town to Mt Cook Village), before continuing to Mount Cook, twice per day.

Atomic Travel (to Twizel)

Operates 01 October to 31 May (no service on December 25)

Departs Christchurch 07:30, arrives Twizel at 11:15.

The Cook Connection (Twizel to Mt Cook)

Operates 01 October to 31 May (no service on December 25)

  • Departs Twizel 08:45 am and 03:00 pm - arrives Mt Cook 9:45 am and 4:00 pm
  • Departs Mt Cook at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm - arrives Twizel at 10:50am and 4:45 pm

Other Bus Options to Twizel

Naked Bus: www.nakedbus.com

Public Transport to Wanaka

By Air

Air New Zealand offers daily domestic flights to Queenstown. International visitors can fly directly to Queenstown.

Bus Travel

Bus Travel From Queenstown

Alpine Connexions pick up and drop off at Queenstown Aiport.

Public Transport to Methven

Methven Travel provide regular transport from central Christchurch and Christchurch Airport to Methven and return. They also will not charge you for ski and snowboard bags.

NakedBus.com operates between Methven - Christchurch return, but not every day of the week, and they do not provide airport pickups.