Compare cheap flights from Auckland to Nelson

Flight information Auckland International to Nelson

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Average flight time, total distance 496 kilometres

1h 25min

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Air New Zealand


1 airport

Which airlines fly from Auckland to Nelson?

Direct flights from Auckland to Nelson are cheaper and quicker than those with a stop along the way. These are available from both Air New Zealand and Jetstar. Be aware that some Air New Zealand flights are operated by subsidiary Mount Cook Airline.

Is there a time difference between Auckland and Nelson?

No. Every city in New Zealand is in the same time zone.

What is the weather like in Nelson?

Nelson and Auckland have similar temperatures, although you may notice the mercury drop a couple of degrees when you land on the South Island. Nelson also has more than twice as much rain in an average year as Auckland.

How expensive is Nelson?

Everyday costs – such as meals, coffees and beers – are higher in Nelson, but other items like accommodation and grocery shopping tend to be cheaper.



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Essential travel information for Nelson

For domestic flights, New Zealand citizens do not require a passport. Other valid forms of ID include a driver's licence, birth certificate or, for Air New Zealand flights, a Koru card.

Departing from Auckland

Found 21km from the city centre, Auckland Airport (AKL) is New Zealand's busiest airport. On-site parking, local taxis and public buses make it easy to reach the airport from the city. It's recommended to arrive at the airport at least 1 hour before you intend to fly.

The airport has 2 terminals, one of these dedicated to domestic flights. Most of the facilities are on the ground floor, including the check-in desks. If you're looking for a coffee or bite to eat before you fly, there are more than 2 dozen options in the terminal.

Complimentary Wi-Fi , ATMs and baby change facilities are also present.

Arriving in Nelson

Nelson Airport (NSN), New Zealand's 5th busiest airport, is found 6km from the city centre.

The airport has a single terminal, although construction is underway on a new facility that's expected to open in 2018.

While the current terminal is small, it has the essential facilities for a modern day airport. Once you've grabbed your bags from the carousel, you can enjoy a coffee or light meal at the terminal's cafe, pick up essential items in the convenience store or take out money at the ATM.

As well as Nelson Airport's car hire desks, incoming passengers can jump in a taxi, pay for a shuttle service or arrange for a tour bus company to pick them up.

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

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.