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 region's visitor information centres.

The visitor information centre team is surprisingly diverse and speaks many languages, but they have one crucial thing in common: they call Nelson Tasman their home. The region is their playground, so we mean it when we say that there’s no one better placed to help you plan your trip or answer your burning questions!

The visitor information centre 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 for everything from activities to accommodation, to transport and events. The best part? Their expert advice is free! 

You’ll be spoilt for choice with 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.

With visitor information centres and isites 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. 



The Motueka isite Visitor Information Centre is open 9am until 5pm Monday through Friday, and 9am until 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
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, and closed on weekends and public holidays. Please double-check their website for current hours.

Phone: (+64) 03 525 9136
Address: 22 Willow Street, Takaka

Golden Bay

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 or direct by message 027 577 6975

Trek Express Book via email or call 03 540 2042

Tapu Bay Shuttles Book via email or call 027 228 7081

Scrambled Legs Ltd Book via email or call 03 542 3366


Heaphy Track

Trek Express, Book via email or call 03 540 2042

Scrambled Legs Ltd Book via email or call 03 542 3366


Nelson Lakes

Trips and Transfers, Book via email or call 03 539 4893


Christchurch, Picton, Blenheim, Westcoast 

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

Scrambled Legs Ltd Book via email or call 03 542 3366


Better Bus Book via email or direct by message 027 577 6975



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 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

Book directly on

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