Getting here

Flights to New Zealand

Most international flights enter New Zealand via Auckland with domestic flights connecting to the South Island. Some international carriers fly direct to Christchurch and some Australian flights land at Queenstown.

From Auckland its best to take a domestic flight to either Christchurch or Queenstown and then book a bus or rental car to Omarama. We can arrange pick ups from Queenstown via private car or plane.

There is no need to arrange for a NZ entry visa prior to arrival. This can usually be arranged with NZ immigration on arrival at the airport. However, as international travel restrictions tighten you should check the requirements before leaving home. If you plan on travelling via Australia you may require a pre-arranged visa for Australia.

Traveling by road to Omarama

Consider spending a night in Christchurch or Queenstown to reduce any jet lag effects. This can make the drive safer and more enjoyable.

Omarama is on the main road connecting Christchurch to Queenstown. From Christchurch the route goes through Geraldine and Twizel and from Queenstown it goes via Cromwell and the Lindis Pass.

In many ways Queenstown is the most convenient and shorter connection to Omarama.

Car Rentals

At the airport you will find the usual mix of international rental firms. Avis, Hertz, Budget etc. Or Google their web sites.
There are a number of off airport rental car firms who are often cheapest.

Bus Schedules

Omarama is on the main Christchurch – Queenstown bus route. There are several services per day, depending on the time of year.

The main operators are:

All operate from Christchurch or Queenstown City Centre – some will do a pickup from Christchurch or Queenstown airport for a small additional charge. They will  drop you in the Omarama village about 1 km from the airfield.   We are happy to pick you up and move you to the airfield and/or your accommodation if you give us a ring ahead of time.

The bus should always be pre-booked, as seating is limited. The Information Desk at the Christchurch Airport can do this or book online. Note that the bus departure times may not be convenient to your flight arrival, and you may need to consider an overnight stop in Christchurch.


typical Driving Times

Christchurch – Omarama:
4 hours
Queenstown – Omarama:
2 hours
Lake Wanaka – Omarama:
1 hour, 20 mins
Dundin – Omarama:
3 hours
Twizel – Omarama:
20 mins
Oamaru – Omarama:
1 hour, 20 mins
Mt Cook – Omarama:
1 hour
Lake Tekapo – Omarama:
50 mins