Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport, known in Maori as Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakatū, is one of the six most visited airports in New Zealand and the fourth busiest on the South Island. The airport is located 8km to the south-east of Nelson and all its facilities are contained within one terminal. 


Sixty flights depart and arrive at Nelson airport on an average day, with Air New Zealand and Jetstar flying to various domestic destinations.


Basic facilities are available inside the airport, including an hour of complimentary Wi-Fi, a television area and an ATM. Inside the departure lounge is The Airport Cafe, where travellers can buy coffee, alcoholic drinks and food.


Before your flight, or for those seeing off friends, a marked perimeter trail allows members of the public to walk around the outside of the airport and runways. This circuit starts at the recreational car park and is 5.75km long. Along the route are exercise stations for fitness enthusiasts.


Due to concerns over the terminal's ability to withstand an earthquake, a new $32m terminal, twice the size of the current one, has been given the go-ahead to be built. Plans were announced in August 2016 with the hope that the project would be completed within two years.



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Please note: all information is correct as of September, 2016.

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 Getting to & from the Airport

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From Nelson, take Rutherford St, Waimea Rd, and Quarantine Rd to Trent Dr in Nelson Airport. The airport will be on the left.

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Two shuttle services operate from the airport: Nelson Shuttles and Super Shuttle. These shuttles run 24/7 and can be booked online. The price of your journey depends on how far you need to travel and whether you want a shared or private transfer. 

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A taxi rank can be found outside the terminal. The drive into Nelson takes around eight minutes and costs around $30. The only company licensed to make these pick-ups is Nelson Taxis, and although they are usually easy to find at the airport, you can also book ahead to make sure you get a ride. 

 Who flies to Nelson

 Location Details

Longitude:173° 13' 9'' E
Latitude:41° 18' 0'' S

 Airport Location

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