Getting to Te Anau
There are no flights direct to Te Anau therefore you will need to fly into one of the cities in the South Island, with Queenstown being the closest, and then catch a bus or hire a car to drive to Te Anau.
Flying from outside NZ and from the North Island:
Flights arrive at Queenstown from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane (Virgin Australia, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates and Air NZ), and other NZ cities (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin). There is a shuttle service from the airport to the city centre (c. $10 pre-booked; 30mins). Buses to Te Anau leave from the city centre. Cars can be hired from the airport.
You can also fly to Invercargill from other NZ cities. There is a shuttle service from the airport to the city centre for onward bus travel to Te Anau.
You can also fly into Christchurch or Dunedin, however these are a greater distance from Te Anau.
Buses from the South Island cities to Te Anau:
There are generally only one or two services per day from all cities mentioned to Te Anau.
Intercity https://www.intercity.co.nz/ – to Te Anau from Queenstown, Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch.
TrackNet https://tracknet.net/ – This company takes passengers to many more out of the way locations and does include stops in Te Anau from Queenstown and Invercargill. It may be of interest for anyone wanting to explore further after the conference.
Atomic Buses https://www.atomictravel.co.nz/bus-route/ – These buses only travel between main centres and you would need to change buses to travel from Dunedin, Queenstown or Invercargill onto Te Anau.
Driving time to Te Anau from cities in the South:
• Queenstown 170 km c. 2 hrs
• Invercargill 160 km c. 2 hrs
• Dunedin 290 km c. 3.5 hrs
• Christchurch 650 km c. 8 hrs
If driving from the North Island there are two ferry operators to cross the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton:
• Interislander (large ferries) https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/interislander/
• Bluebridge (small ferries) https://www.bluebridge.co.nz/
There can be delays around Kaikoura following on from the earthquake damage. Severe weather can cause delays on the West Coast route especially at Haast Pass: this isn’t usually an issue in March, but unseasonal events are becoming more common.