Nelson Airport is one of the country's busiest regional airports with 400+ flights in and out per week, direct between seven destinations throughout New Zealand.

Nelson Tasman is fortunate to have five airlines servicing the region. Air New Zealand flies multiple services daily between the region and the three main city centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, whilst Jetstar offers direct flights to and from Auckland and Wellington. Smaller airlines such as Sounds Air and Originair offer flights between Nelson Tasman and New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Paraparaumu. Golden Bay Air is based at the Takaka Airport and offers scenic and scheduled flights around the region and beyond. For up-to-date flight information visit the Nelson Airport website

Nelson City is only a short 15-minute drive from Nelson Airport and the airport is well serviced to get you where you need to be once you arrive. Nelson City Taxis can take care of all your travel arrangements, whether that be transport to and from the airport and booking your accommodation or suggesting fun and exciting attractions around the region. There are also a number of self-drive rental car options or private drivers if you prefer for someone else to be doing the navigating, six of which operate from the airport and can have a vehicle waiting for you when you arrive.

With a $32 million terminal redevelopment underway, the Airport is well poised to cater to further growth of the Nelson Tasman region’s economy, visitors and residents. The new terminal design is modular, flexible and focuses strongly on enhancing the travel experience, with more seating, lounges, retail spaces, carparking and food and beverage options.

Approximate flight durations

 Auckland to Nelson

 Air New Zealand, Jetstar  

            75 minutes         

 Christchurch to Nelson   Air New Zealand           50 minutes      
 Palmerston North to Nelson   Originair           45 minutes      
 Paraparaumu to Nelson  Sounds Air           45 minutes      
 Wellington to Nelson  Air New Zealand, Jetstar           25 minutes      
 Wellington to Nelson  Sounds Air           40 minutes      
 Wellington to Takaka  Golden Bay Air           50 minutes      
 New Plymouth to Nelson  Originair           60 minutes      
 Karamea to Takaka  Golden Bay Air           30 minutes      
 Nelson to Takaka  Golden Bay Air           30 minutes