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Flight information Queenstown to Nelson

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Average flight time, total distance 551 kilometres

2h 20min

Most popular airline last month

Air New Zealand


1 airport

Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Nelson: Nelson.
The best price found on Skyscanner for a flight from Queenstown to Nelson is $209. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
2h 20min is the average flight time from Queenstown to Nelson.
There are no airlines that fly directly from Queenstown to Nelson.

Which airlines fly from Queenstown to Nelson?

There aren't currently any direct flights from Queenstown to Nelson.

Air New Zealand flies there with 1 stop on the way. You can choose between Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington routes.

Is there a time difference between Queenstown and Nelson?

No, there are no time changes on the South Island.

What is the weather like in Nelson?

Nelson is warmer and sunnier than Queenstown, with a summer average of 18°C dropping to 8°C in the winter. It also gets less rain, which mostly falls in the autumn.

How expensive is Nelson?

Nelson's prices are in line with the New Zealand average. It's generally cheaper than Queenstown, but has a less diverse range of accommodation and dining options.



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Essential travel information for Nelson

You don't need to show a passport to board your domestic flight, but you do need to show some form of identification. See the full list on the Air New Zealand website.

Departing from Queenstown

Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is the 2nd busiest airport on the South Island, after Christchurch Airport. It can be reached from Queenstown CBD in 15 minutes on a bus ($2) or 10 minutes by car/taxi (up to $30).

The terminal only opens for flights, currently between 4am and 11pm daily. Air New Zealand recommends getting to the airport an hour in advance of your domestic flight, as check-in closes 20-30 minutes before take-off. While waiting, you can access the free Wi-Fi (up to 2GB), get something to eat or drink and browse the shops.

Arriving in Nelson

Nelson Airport (NSN) is New Zealand's 5th busiest airport, which now handles over a million passengers annually. The terminal is currently being upgraded to increase its capacity and add more passenger facilities and parking spaces, expected to complete in 2019.

Arriving passengers can grab a snack or a drink at the cafe, get cash from an ATM or access the free Wi-Fi for up to 1 hour. There's currently no public transport from the airport to the city, but you can make the journey by taxi (up to $35), shuttle transfer (from $19) or hire a car from Nelson Airport.

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Please note: all information is correct as of April, 2018.

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