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There are 5 ways to get from Rotorua to Nelson by plane, bus, night bus or ferry

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

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Fly Rotorua to Nelson  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Nelson (NSN) ROT - NSN

$114 - $453

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  14 h 25 min

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

$58 - $115

3 alternative options

Fly Rotorua to Blenheim, bus  •  6 h 19 min

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

$107 - $457

Night bus to Auckland, fly to Nelson  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the night bus from Rotorua to Manukau City
  2. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Nelson (NSN) AKL - NSN

$61 - $257

Night bus, ferry, bus  •  15 h 25 min

  1. Take the night bus from Rotorua to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Nelson

$59 - $117

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The cheapest way to get from Rotorua to Nelson is to bus and ferry which costs $85 - $180 and takes 14 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotorua to Nelson is to fly which costs $170 - $700 and takes 4 h 2 min.

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The distance between Rotorua and Nelson is 431 km.

The best way to get from Rotorua to Nelson without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 14 h 25 min and costs $85 - $180.

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It takes approximately 4 h 2 min to get from Rotorua to Nelson, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Rotorua Airport to Nelson Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Rotorua 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 Rotorua to Rotorua Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 13 min and costs $2 - $4.

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Map of how to get from Rotorua to Nelson.
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  • Distance: 269.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 2 min

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

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

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Rotorua to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Rotorua to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Rotorua to Nelson via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Rotorua to Nelson via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Rotorua to Nelson via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Rotorua to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Rotorua to Blenheim via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Rotorua to Blenheim via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Rotorua to Blenheim via Christchurch, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Rotorua to Blenheim via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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
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
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
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
Night bus from Rotorua to Manukau City
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
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
Night bus from Rotorua to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Nelson
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
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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