There are 8 ways to get from Nelson to Milford Sound by plane, bus, ferry or train

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 from Nelson, travel  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Nelson (NSN) to Queenstown (ZQN) NSN - ZQN
  2. Travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Cheapest option

Bus via Te Anau  •  24 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the bus from Blenheim to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

$62 - $161

6 alternative options

Bus to Blenheim, fly, travel  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Woodbourne
  2. Fly from Blenheim (BHE) to Queenstown (ZQN) BHE - ZQN
  3. Travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Bus, ferry to Wellington, fly, travel  •  11 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Picton
  2. Take the ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
  3. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Queenstown (ZQN) WLG - ZQN
  4. Travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Bus, train, travel  •  18 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  4. Take the bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
  5. Travel from Lake Esplanade YHA to Milford Sound

Bus  •  24 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the bus from Blenheim to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
  4. Take the bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound

$62 - $160

Bus, train via Te Anau  •  24 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

Bus, train  •  24 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
  4. Take the bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Questions & Answers

The distance between Nelson and Milford Sound is 577 km.

The best way to get from Nelson to Milford Sound without a car is to bus and train and travel which takes 18 h 43 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to get from Nelson to Milford Sound, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Nelson Airport to Queenstown Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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

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There are one+ hotels available in Milford Sound. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Nelson to Nelson Airport is to taxi which takes 9 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Nelson to Milford Sound.
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  • Distance: 360.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

What companies run services between Nelson, New Zealand and Milford Sound, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Nelson to Milford Sound via Blenheim, Christchurch, Te Anau, and Milford Sound in around 24 h 1 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Woodbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Nelson i-SITE to Picton
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Blenheim to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Picton to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$36
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$49

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