Nelson Info

A few basics...

The Nelson region is located at the top of New Zealand's South Island and divided into two districts; Nelson and Tasman. It is sometimes referred to as 'top of the South Island' or the 'Nelson Bays".

Nelson is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, currently the combined population of Nelson and Tasman is around 92,000 and this figure is constantly growing. Fishing, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, and tourism are all important elements of the Nelson economy.

Well known for its diversity, beautiful beaches, excellent tramping, cycling and skiing on the doorstep, it is also the gateway to the Abel Tasman and has strong links with arts & crafts, yoga and alternative healing.

Traveling to Nelson...

International travelers fly into the international airports located in Auckland on the North Island or Christchurch on the South Island. Trans- Tasman flights from Australia also arrive/depart from several domestic airports with various companies.

Nelson can then be reached by the following:- 

Domestic Flights

Approximate domestic fight times.  (check in

Christchurch to Nelson      -       50 minutes 

Auckland to Nelson          -        1 hours 20 

Wellington to Nelson        -        35 minutes

Ferry Crossings - traveling between the North and South Island

If you are traveling from the North Island to the South Island and not flying, you will need to catch the ferry that travels between Wellington and Picton.  Check this link for directions and approximately travel times. Once in Picton, head towards Nelson, there are coaches and bus services that operate between Picton and Nelson.

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