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There are 4 ways to get from Auckland to Nelson by plane, bus, train or ferry

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Fly to Nelson  •  3 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Nelson (NSN) AKL - NSN

$59 - $233

3 alternative options

Fly to Blenheim, bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Blenheim (BHE) AKL - BHE
  2. Take the bus from Woodbourne to Tasman Bay Backpackers

$117 - $357

Train, ferry, bus  •  18 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Tasman Bay Backpackers

$180 - $225

Bus, ferry  •  18 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Tasman Bay Backpackers

$64 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Nelson is to fly which costs $85 - $360 and takes 3 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Nelson is to fly which costs $85 - $360 and takes 3 h 18 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Nelson is 508 km.

The best way to get from Auckland to Nelson without a car is to train and ferry and bus which takes 18 h 5 min and costs $270 - $350.

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It takes approximately 3 h 18 min to get from Auckland to Nelson, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Nelson Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer flights from Auckland Airport to Nelson Airport.

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There are 222+ hotels available in Nelson. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Auckland Airport is to bus which takes 44 min and costs $18.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Nelson.
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  • Distance: 317.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 18 min

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Nelson, New Zealand?

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Auckland to Nelson hourly.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Flights from Auckland to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Woodbourne to Tasman Bay Backpackers
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Tasman Bay Backpackers
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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