Cheap Flights to Nelson

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When is the best time to fly to Nelson?

Peak season:

As one of New Zealand’s favourite tourist destinations, Nelson can get incredibly busy throughout the holiday months, particularly when national school breaks come around. The summer months of December and January offer warm-hot, sunny weather, perfect for Nelson’s range of outdoor pursuits. This period, together with Easter week, sees a sharp peak in accommodation and flight ticket prices. If you do opt to travel during these times, be sure to book your hotel as far in advance as possible, and keep in mind that many of the beaches and hiking trails within the nearby Abel Tasman National Park get crowded.


Off season:

Both spring and autumn are great times to visit Nelson if you want to avoid the crowds but still take advantage of warmish temperatures and reduced rainfall, with some great accommodation and flight ticket deals to be found. June tends to be the wettest month as temperatures start to drop, reaching their lowest in August, but with plenty of galleries to peruse and vineyards to sample, Nelson also makes for a great wet weather destination. If you are visiting during the winter, be sure to bring lots of warm clothes and waterproof gear, particularly if you are planning to hit the hiking trails.

When is the best time to book a flight to Nelson?

Book early to secure the best flight deals to Nelson from across New Zealand at any time of the year, but particularly if you plan to travel during the school holiday periods. Keep in mind that flight tickets are often cheaper during the mid-week, so if you are flexible with your travel dates, you can grab some heavily reduced flight deals.

How long is the flight to Nelson?

Flights from Auckland to Nelson - 1 hours 25 minutes.

Flights from Christchurch to Nelson - 50 minutes.

Flights from Wellington to Nelson - 40 minutes.

Flights from Hamilton to Nelson - 1 hour 15 minutes.

Which airlines operate flights to Nelson?

Both Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer flights to Nelson from Auckland multiple times a day, with Jetstar generally offering the cheapest flight tickets. Air New Zealand also operates multiple daily flights to Nelson from both Christchurch and Wellington, with slightly cheaper flights to Nelson available with Sounds Air from the capital. If you are flying from Hamilton, then your only direct option is with Kiwi Regional Airlines, or there are flights to Nelson available with Air New Zealand which connect through Wellington first.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

The Nelson Airport is located around 8 kilometres to the southwest of the city in the suburb of Annesbrook. There are door-to-door airport shuttles available that can be booked online or on arrival at Nelson Airport which will transport you directly to your hotel in anywhere from around 15 minutes.

The fastest, but most expensive option for getting to your Nelson accommodation is with one of the metered taxis that operate from a rank outside the terminal building. The taxis are licensed by the airport, meaning they are both safe and reliable.

If you are arriving into Nelson as part of a New Zealand tour package, most tour companies will pick you up directly from the airport on request. For those looking to self-drive around the region, there are a number of different rental car companies available for hire at the airport and bookings can be made online.

Nelson insider information

  • One of Nelson’s most impressive sights is the shifting Boulder Bank, situated along a coastal spit just outside of town. Local Maori legend tells of it being created by the whispered prayers of two underlings being pursued by the great Maori forefather, Kupe.
  • Nelson is home to one of the South Island’s 5 world-famous wine regions, making it just one of the many reasons “Why you should visit New Zealand’s South Island”.
  • If weird and wonderful accommodation is your thing, then why not spend the night sleeping in a boot in the South Island’s Tasman region, just a 30-minute drive from Nelson and all the sights it has to offer.

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