How to Reach Nelson


Nelson Airport has regular flights from Auckland, Wellington and some other cities. To get there by bus from any other city you ought to try the InterCity Coachline. You can even roll in by car; South Island’s roads systems have a near complete connection with every important destination.


 Within the city limits, just walk around, or rent a cycle from someone. The city is best covered slowly. If you’re striking out for the further out places like the national parks, Golden Bay or other beaches, then rent a car. The maps are easy enough to follow around here, so keep one handy.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Nelson. The most preferred mode of transport in Nelson is Walking.

Average distance: 5 km Average time: 41 min

  • Walking 50%
    Walking 60 min Bike 15 min Overall average time for 4 kms 75 min
  • Car 50%
    Driving 7 min Overall average time for 6 kms 7 min
Route Distance Time
Wellington to Nelson 165.41 km 2 hours 45 mins
Stratford to Nelson 241.98 km 4 hours 1 mins
Christchurch to Nelson 257.37 km 4 hours 17 mins
New plymouth to Nelson 260.94 km 4 hours 20 mins
Timaru to Nelson 410.8 km 6 hours 50 mins
Hamilton to Nelson 445.27 km 7 hours 25 mins
Rotorua to Nelson 478.48 km 7 hours 58 mins
Auckland to Nelson 515.58 km 8 hours 35 mins
Parnell to Nelson 516.66 km 8 hours 36 mins
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