There are 6 ways to get from Auckland to Nelson by plane, bus, train, ferry, car ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Nelson  •  3 h 12 min

  1. AKL - NSN

$60 - $234

5 alternative options

Fly to Blenheim, bus  •  5 h 44 min

  1. AKL - BHE

$117 - $358

Train, ferry, bus  •  18 h 2 min

$199 - $256

Bus, ferry  •  18 h 11 min

  1. N1

$67 - $111

Bus, car ferry  •  20 h

$76 - $154

Drive, ferry  •  12 h 32 min

$136 - $202

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 43 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
$150 - $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 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Tasman Bay Backpackers
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Nelson
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
11 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Wellington City
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
manabus.com
Ferry operators
Interislander
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$38
Saver Change
$45
Easy Change
$52

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Auckland and Nelson is 508 km.

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Nelson is to bus and ferry which costs $95 - $160 and takes 18 h 11 min.

The quickest way to get from Auckland to Nelson is to fly which takes 3 h 12 min and costs $85 - $340.

It takes approximately 3 h 12 min to get from Auckland to Nelson, including transfers.