Cheap flights to Nelson

What's Nelson like?

Picturesque Nelson is a favourite domestic destination for New Zealanders, with many choosing to stay once they discover the town's charms. With beautiful beaches and tranquil parks, stunning architecture and rainy-day galleries and museums, it's easy to see why so many love Nelson.

Which airlines fly to Nelson?

There are 7 airports in New Zealand with direct flights to Nelson. These are sold by:

How long is the flight to Nelson?

Auckland to Nelson

1 hour 25 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Nelson

55 minutes (direct)

Queenstown to Nelson

3 hours 20 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Nelson

40 minutes (direct)

What is the best time to visit Nelson?

Nelson's summer has an average temperature of 18°C, with February slightly warmer than the other months. July is the coolest time of year, with an average of 8°C.

Nelson is one of New Zealand's wetter cities, with more than 800mm of rain across the year. Much of this falls in autumn, but December is the rainiest month.

How expensive is Nelson?

Nelson is similarly priced to much of New Zealand. Expect to pay $4.50 for a takeaway coffee, $8 for a local beer and $20-$25 for a meal out.

Arriving in Nelson

Nelson Airport (NSN) is New Zealand's 6th busiest airport, with close to a million annual passengers. To cope with increased demand, the airport is currently working on extensions that will see it become bigger and more modern.

The airport – both in its current form and its new plans – has a single terminal. Once passengers have collected their luggage, there's a clear passage to the terminal's exits.

The airport is only 8km from the town centre. In a taxi, this takes 10 minutes and costs between $25 and $30. Many hotels in Nelson also offer shuttle services for arriving passengers.

Useful tips about Nelson

Nelson's Golden Bay is one of its most popular beaches, especially with local dog owners.

Nelson to Wanaka is considered one of New Zealand's best road trips. This route takes in the Franz Josef Glacier, the blue pools of Haast Pass and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

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Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Nelson: Nelson.
Air New Zealand and Sounds Air both fly direct to Nelson.
The cheapest month to fly to Nelson is March.

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