For anything (and yes, we mean anything) you want to know about the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region, ask one of the friendly locals behind the desk at one of our regions Visitor Information Centres.

The i-SITE team is surprisingly diverse, and speak many languages, but they do have one important thing in common and that is that they call Nelson Tasman their home. The region is their playground, so we really mean it when we say that there’s no one better placed to help you plan your trip or answer your burning questions!

The i-SITE is a one-stop shop for discovering the best activities and accommodation for visitors and locals to experience, not only within the Nelson Tasman region, but also around New Zealand. The team of experienced travel professionals can provide advice and information and even make bookings on your behalf, for everything from activities, to accommodation, to transport and event tickets. The best part? Their expert advice is free! 

You’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection of over 100 things to see and do, places to stay, heritage and cultural activities to enjoy, walking and cycling tracks, and the best options for retail information. You will also find plenty of maps and brochures to learn about the best of what the region has to offer (as well as a selection of local artisan products to take home as souvenirs or gifts). The extensive IBIS and Bookit reservation system allow the team to access online real-time inventory and make bookings for you in any part of New Zealand (covering a whopping 80 destinations that are part of the country's i-SITE network).

With i-SITE's located around the region, from Motueka, to Takaka, you'll never be short of friendly and knowledgeable locals to provide you with the information you need to ensure your visit is a memorable one. 

Nelson City

Nelson City

As of 1 July 2022, the Nelson City i-SITE has been closed.

For any inquiries, please contact us on
Phone: (+64) 03 548 2304
Email: visit@nelsontasman.nz

Motueka

Motueka

The Motueka i-SITE is open 9am until 4pm Monday through Friday, and 9am - 2pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, but is closed on Christmas Day. They are a Department of Conservation-approved Ticketing Agent.

Phone: (+64) 03 528 6543
Email: info@motuekaisite.co.nz
Address: 20 Wallace St, Motueka

Golden Bay

Golden Bay

The Golden Bay Visitor Centre is open from 10 am until 2 pm Monday to Friday, closed on weekends and public holidays. Please double-check their website for current hours.

Phone: (+64) 03 525 9136
Email: info@goldenbaynz.co.nz
Address: 22 Willow Street, Takaka

Welcome! Please see our list of things to do Nelson Tasman or check out our suggested itineraries.

Uniquely Nelson has information on shopping, restaurants and events happening in Nelson. 

ItsOn is Nelson Tasman's official event guide.

There are plenty of options for transportation if you don't have a vehicle.

Getting to and from:


Nelson Airport

Taxi is the only direct option to the Nelson Airport for around $30-45.
Nelson Taxis, Ph: 03 548 8225

Sun City Taxis, Ph: 03 548 4444

 

Abel Tasman

Better Bus Book via email bookings@betterbus.co.nz or direct by message 027 577 6975

Trek Express Book via email info@trekexpress.co.nz or call 03 540 2042

Tapu Bay Shuttles Book via email tapubayshuttle@gmail.com or call 027 228 7081

 

Heaphy Track

Trek Express, Book via email info@trekexpress.co.nz or call 03 540 2042

 

Nelson Lakes

Trips and Transfers, Book via email kiaora@tripsandtransfers.co.nz or call 03 539 4893

 

Christchurch, Picton, Blenheim, Westcoast 

Intercity Buses, Ph: 03 365 1113 (Contact centre Nelson Tasman)

 

Motueka
Better Bus Book via email bookings@betterbus.co.nz or direct by message 027 577 6975

 

Richmond 

Nbus timetable, Route 1 and 2 from Bridge Street

 

To and from Nelson

Nbus is located at Bridge Street. See Nbus website for routes and timetables

Rideshares and Uber are limited in our region, we recommend booking a taxi for shorter trips around the region. 

Nelson Taxis, Ph: 03 548 8225
Sun City Taxis, Ph: 03 548 4444

Please contact the YHA Nelson on 59 Rutherford Street, located at the entrance to Montgomery Square or call 03 545 99 88.

Nelson to Picton/Blenheim/Christchurch

Blenheim/Picton Christchurch Westcoast

9:45am Nelson
11:25am Blenheim
12pm Picton      

9:45am Nelson (2 hours and 50mins in Blenheim)
2:15 Blenheim
7:35pm Christchurch

7:00am Nelson
10:45 Westport
1:15 Greymouth

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Return to Nelson

1:00pm Picton
1:30pm Blenheim
3:15pm Nelson

7:30am Christchurch
12:40pm Blenheim (50mins in Blenheim)
4:15pm Nelson

1:30pm Greymouth
3:50pm Westport
7:15pm Nelson

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Intercity.co.nz for more information.

The Interislander and Bluebridge ferries run seven days a week, offering on average 2 to 3 sailings a day.

Book directly on Interislander.co.nz

Book directly on Bluebridge.co.nz

Sea shuttles and water taxis depart for Abel Tasman from either Marahau or Kaiteriteri.

The only boats that leave from Nelson are charted: Seabird Charters & Catamaran Sailing Charters 

More information on water transport in Nelson Tasman

Approximate travel time from Nelson to:

  • Mapua, 24.5km/ 21 minutes
  • Motueka, 41.7km/ 36 mins
  • Kaiteriteri, 54km/ 50 mins 
  • Marahau, 59.3km/ 58 mins
  • Takaka, 98.6km/ 1 hr 37 min
  • Collingwood, 124.5km/ 2 hr 4 mins
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