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Queenstown is Wanaka's main transport link to the outside world, but bus services do range out from here to Dunedin and up the West Coast.

InterCity Coaches depart from outside the Log Cabin on the lakefront, with daily services to Cromwell (from $10, 35 minutes), Queenstown (from $17, two hours), Lake Hawea (from $10, 20 minutes), Makarora (from $12, 1½ hours) and Franz Josef (from $43, six hours).

Naked Bus Services to Queenstown (from $17, two hours), Cromwell (from $10, 35 minutes) and Franz Josef (from $43, six hours).

Ritchies Links Wanaka with Dunedin ($50, four hours), transferring to an InterCity coach at Cromwell.

Ritchies Connectabus Wanaka Heads to/from Queenstown five times daily ($35, two hours) via Cromwell ($22, 45 minutes) and Queenstown Airport. Free wi-fi on board. Call ahead for a hotel pick-up.