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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Otago > Queenstown > Coming & going

Queenstown

Coming & going

AIR

Queenstown Airport (tel (03) 442 3505) is in Frankton about 6km outside the town centre.


Although is close enough to walk into town although most people take a shuttle or the local bus (tel (03) 441 4471), which costs $5.50 and runs every 30 minutes between the airport and central Queenstown or the Super Shuttle (tel (03) 442 3639 or 0800 748 8853), which costs $13-17 and can drop you off at your hostel.

BUS & COACH

Several coach and shuttle bus companies connect Queenstown with destinations throughout the South Island.


Atomic Shuttles (tel (03) 349 0697) go to Christchurch, Greymouth and Wanaka. They depart from the corner of Camp and Shotover Streets.


InterCity Coachlines (tel (03) 471 7143) go to Christchurch, Dunedin, Franz Josef, Invercargill, Milford Sound and Wanaka. They depart from the Athol Street car park.


Nakedbus.com go to Christchurch, Dunedin, Greymouth, Invercargill, Milford Sound and Wanaka. They depart from the corner of Camp and Shotover Streets.


Southern Link K Bus (tel (03) 358 8355 or 0508 458 835) go to Christchurch. They depart from the corner of Camp and Shotover Streets.


Topline Tours (tel (03) 442 8178) go to Te Anau. They leave from 35 Shotover Street.


Wanaka Connexions (tel 0800 244 844) have shuttle services to Wanaka plus coaches to Dunedin and Invercargill. They leave from the corner of Camp and Shotover Streets.


If you’re going to Arrowtown, the Arrowtown Scenic Bus (tel (03) 422 1900) runs day trips from Queenstown for $25 that return on a different route so you can see more scenery, but a much cheaper option is the local Connectabus (tel (03) 441 4471) which runs every hour and costs $7.50 each way or $13 for a day pass.

HITCHHIKING

Because Queenstown is a small town with a large proportion of backpackers, it can be difficult to hitch a ride out of town. Your best bet is to post notices in the hostels around town advertising that you want a lift and are prepared to pay something toward fuel expenses. Do this a few days in advance and you should have some chance of getting a lift out of town in the company of fellow travellers.


If you’re a hard-core hitcher or just someone looking for the cheapest transport option you may end up competing with scores of other backpackers for a lift out of town which could lead to a long wait. Take the Connecta bus or walk out on Frankton Road until you’re out of town and find a good spot to wait for a lift. Use a destination sign, since both Christchurch and Dunedin-bound traffic use this road.



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