There are 5 ways to get from Wellington to Nelson by ferry, car, bus, car ferry or plane

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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Ferry, drive  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton Wellington - Central - Picton
  2. Drive from Picton to Nelson

$50 - $70

Cheapest option

Fly to Nelson  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Nelson (NSN) WLG - NSN

$44 - $222

3 alternative options

Ferry, bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton Wellington - Central - Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Nelson Picton - Nelson

$46 - $75

Car ferry, bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the car ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  2. Take the bus from Picton to Nelson Picton - Nelson

$46 - $75

Fly to Blenheim, bus  •  4 h 22 min

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

$76 - $316

Questions & Answers

The distance between Wellington and Nelson is 125 km.

The best way to get from Wellington to Nelson without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 6 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 44 min to get from Wellington to Nelson, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Nelson Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Jetstar, Sounds Air and Air New Zealand offer flights from Wellington Airport to Nelson Airport.

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There are 220+ hotels available in Nelson. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 21 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Nelson.
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  • Distance: 77.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 44 min

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

Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Sounds Air fly from Wellington to Nelson hourly.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Nelson
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Wellington to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Wellington to Nelson
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Wellington to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Nelson
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $230
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Nelson
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Woodbourne to Tasman Bay Backpackers
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
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
$42
Easy Change
$49

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