There are many ways to get to and from Nelson including by road, air or sea. Besides the usual modes of transport, water taxis regularly take people up into the Abel Tasman National Park.

By Road

After crossing from the North Island on the ferry, clients can get to Nelson via Blenheim or Queen Charlotte Drive. There's easy access to West Coast, Blenheim and Christchurch from Nelson.

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:




Approx Drive Time

Nelson to Blenheim



1 hour 45 mins

Nelson to Picton



2 hour

Nelson to Westport



3 hours 15 mins

Nelson to Christchurch



6 hours


Your clients can get around the South Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers

By Air

Nelson airport has scheduled domestic flights arriving daily, as well as helicopter and light aircrafts.

Airlines flying into Tauranga include:
Air New Zealand
Sounds Air

Golden Bay Air also operates into Takaka.

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Nelson to Wellington

35 mins

Nelson to Paraparaumu

45 mins

Nelson to Christchurch

50 mins

Nelson to Auckland

1 hour 20 mins

Takaka to Karamea

40 mins

Takaka to Wellington

50 mins

Takaka to Palmerston North

1 hour 5 mins


By Sea

Two main ferry options let clients easily get between the North and South Island:

The Interislander takes approximately three hours and offers either passenger or car services.  In the peak season there are five trips a day between Wellington and Picton.

Bluebridge offers passenger and car ferry services up to four times a day.

You can then get from Picton to Nelson by coach or by car.

Getting Around Nelson

Getting around Nelson is easy by foot, however hire cars are also available.

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