Located at the Top of the South Island / Te Tau Ihu, the Nelson Tasman region is well connected to the rest of New Zealand.
Whether you prefer to take a scenic drive, relax on a bus, fly or catch a ferry from Wellington, there are a variety of transport options available to suit your travel needs.
Approximate flying times
Auckland to Nelson 85 minutes
Christchurch to Nelson 50 minutes
Palmerston North to Nelson 50 minutes
New Plymouth to Nelson 50 minutes
Paraparaumu to Nelson 45 minutes
Wellington to Nelson 35 minutes
The Nelson Tasman region is accessible by road from Christchurch, Blenheim, Picton, the West Coast and Kaikoura.
A short drive over the Whangamoa Ranges links Nelson with Picton in the Marlborough Sounds – where passenger ferries arrive from the North Island.
Approximate driving times
Christchurch to Nelson City – 5 hours 40 minutes
Picton to Nelson City – 2 hours
Blenheim to Nelson City – 1 hr 40 minutes
Westport to Nelson City – 3 hours
Bus transport options to and from Nelson vary, so make sure to plan ahead. For more information, contact Nelson i-SITE on
03 548 2304 or email [email protected]
Several inter-island crossing are available every day by two carriers (Bluebridge and Interislander) between Wellington and Picton then connect through to Nelson Tasman by coach, bike or car transport.