Nelson Transport


Nelson airport has more than 90 scheduled arrivals and departures daily. A number of light plane and helicopter companies also operate from the Nelson airport. Motueka and Takaka airfields are bases for charter services direct from Wellington on small aircraft, as well as scenic flights. Nelson Lakes also has an airstrip at St Arnaud where scenic flights can land.

Flight Times: 
Auckland to Nelson 1 hour 20 mins 
Wellington to Nelson 35 mins 
Christchurch to Nelson 50 mins 


Several companies offer a range of scheduled services to Nelson from Picton, Blenheim, Christchurch, and West Coast.

Self Drive:

Good roads connect Nelson to the West Coast, Blenheim and Christchurch.

Drive Times:

Picton to Nelson city 2 hrs (144 km)
Westport to Nelson city 226 3 hrs 15 mins (226km)
Christchurch to Nelson city 6 hrs (424km)
Motueka to Nelson city 45 mins (51km)
Takaka to Nelson city 1 hr 30 mins (109km)
St Arnaud to Nelson city 1 hr 30 mins (109 km)

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