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Timaru

Getting there & away

InterCity (03-365 1113; www.intercity.co.nz) stops outside the train station, with buses to Christchurch ($32, 2½ hours, two daily), Oamaru ($26, one hour, two daily) and Dunedin ($37, three hours, two daily). From Dunedin connect to Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill.

Atomic Shuttles (03-349 0697; www.atomictravel.co.nz) stop in Timaru en route to Christchurch ($25) and Dunedin ($25).

There are no direct buses from Timaru to Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook – you’ll need to first get to Geraldine or Fairlie to catch buses to the Mackenzie Country. Ask at the i-SITE.