Tiny Nelson has hit an all-time high, welcoming around a million travellers a year. This South Island city of craft shops and art galleries teams up with some of the best beaches in New Zealand. As a bonus, it also basks in some of the best weather in the country. Getting from Auckland to Nelson is easy, too. There’s a huge offering of short direct flights, plus you can often travel for as low as $120.
Nice and short – around 1 hour 25 minutes long. Flights with connections last up to 3 hours.
Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer direct Auckland to Nelson flights.
You usually get a choice of up to 15 flights every day.
You’ll fly from Auckland Airport to Nelson Airport. Indirect flights stop off at Wellington or Christchurch on the way.
Jetstar usually lays on the cheapest direct flights from Auckland to Nelson.
Flights from Auckland to Nelson send you south-west, to a little city that racks up the most sunshine hours in New Zealand. Nelson perches on the northern tip of South Island, tucked between Mount Richmond Forest Park and a swerving coastline of sandy beaches. Arts, crafts, great food and outdoors living all make this petite place what it is. Must-sees include the contemporary Christ Church Cathedral and Suter Art Gallery. Or you could head out to golden Tahuna Beach and the mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park. The idyllic Abel Tasman National Park makes an easy day trip, too.
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