Flights to Nelson

Nelson is well known for its local arts and crafts, as well as being a base for those visiting vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park.

What to know before you fly to Nelson?

Situated at the northern tip of the South Island, Nelson is a lively and vibrant town with a population of approximately 46,000. Renowned both locally and internationally for its exceptional grape growing conditions, Nelson, and the wider Marlborough region receives on average over 2000 sunshine hours a year. This makes Nelson one of the most verdant and bountiful areas of New Zealand.

This is evident as you drive towards the city, with large swathes of land and entire hillsides devoted to the growing of wine grapes, while orchards decorate the fields as you head west towards Golden Bay.

Golden Bay is approximately 2 hours from Nelson and the beauty of the bay will stun anyone. Just over the hill, at the south-eastern end of Golden Bay, lies Takaka, a small town that serves as the local centre for the Bay. In Takaka you can find everything you might need for a day outdoors, with dozens of beaches within easy distance of the town.

There is also several unique natural attractions nearby, such as the Te Waikoropupū Springs, the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand and home to some of the clearest water in the world.

Best times to fly to Nelson

At the top of the South Island, Sunny Nelson is a beautiful region alive with vibrant arts and stunning landscapes. Summer from December to February is a popular travel period, it also brings in the most number of visitors. Spring from September to November has the best camping weather, but remember to bring some sunscreen.

Nelson flight times

Scheduled flight times: Auckland to Nelson flights take 1 hour 25 minutes; Wellington to Nelson flights take 40 minutes; Christchurch to Nelson flights take 55 minutes; Tauranga to Nelson flights takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

Activities and things to do in Nelson

With a gorgeous and sun-drenched coastal position, Nelson has activities that are doable all year round.  Nelson is well known for its thriving arts scene and is home to the World of Wearable Art Museum. The people here have a natural connection with nature and a strong sense of community. For you, this means a warm welcome, great food, and wine, and a huge range of activities to enjoy in picture-perfect landscapes.


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