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There are 7 ways to get from Queenstown to Nelson by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Queenstown to Nelson  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Nelson (NSN) ZQN - NSN

$162 - $290

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Bus via Glentanner Park  •  21 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Glentanner Park
  2. Take the bus from Glentanner Park to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Blenheim
  4. Take the bus from Blenheim to Nelson

$26 - $65

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Fly Queenstown to Blenheim, bus  •  6 h 41 min

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

$175 - $332

Bus to Dunedin, fly to Nelson  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Dunedin Airport
  2. Fly from Dunedin (DUD) to Nelson (NSN) DUD - NSN

$72 - $287

Bus  •  17 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Christchurch to Blenheim
  3. Take the bus from Blenheim to Nelson

$47 - $118

Bus, train  •  18 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Hornby
  3. Take the train from Christchurch to Blenheim
  4. Take the bus from Blenheim to Tasman Bay Backpackers

$185 - $246

Drive  •  10 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Queenstown to Nelson 514.4 miles

$110 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from Queenstown to Nelson is to bus which costs $40 - $100 and takes 21 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Queenstown to Nelson is to fly which costs $240 - $450 and takes 4 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Queenstown to Nelson. However, there are services departing from Queenstown and arriving at Nelson via Christchurch and Blenheim. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 50 min.

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The distance between Queenstown and Nelson is 562 km. The road distance is 823 km.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Nelson without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 50 min and costs $70 - $180.

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It takes approximately 4 h 24 min to get from Queenstown to Nelson, including transfers.

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Queenstown to Nelson bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Queenstown station.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Nelson is to fly which takes 4 h 24 min and costs $240 - $450. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $180 and takes 17 h 50 min.

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There is no direct flight from Queenstown Airport to Nelson Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Queenstown to Nelson bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Nelson station.

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Map of how to get from Queenstown to Nelson.
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  • Distance: 351 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 24 min

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

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Queenstown to Nelson hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch and Blenheim in around 17 h 50 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Queenstown to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $230
Flights from Dunedin to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $230
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Christchurch to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$131
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.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 Queenstown to Dunedin Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Blenheim to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Lake Esplanade YHA to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Hornby
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Blenheim to Tasman Bay Backpackers
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Hornby
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Queenstown to Nelson is 823 km. It takes approximately 10 h 12 min to drive from Queenstown to Nelson.

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

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There are 227+ hotels available in Nelson. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Queenstown Airport is to line 1 bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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