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Cheap Nelson flights to book in 2021

Compare prices, learn the best time to book and get deals on flights to Nelson.

Tucked into a bay at the tip of the South Island, Nelson is a perfect stepping stone to either Abel Tasman National Park or the wineries of Marlborough.

Nelson Airport connects the rest of New Zealand to the city. While flights to the airport do tend to cost a bit more than flying into Christchurch, where the South Island’s largest airport is, the quick access to the city and northern end of the island could make it worth the extra spend, especially if you’re short on time.

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How much are flights to Nelson?

Flights to Nelson can usually be found for less than $100 each way from major cities, such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Below are the average prices that travellers pay to get to Nelson from your closest airport.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Nelson?

While fares can go on sale any time of the year, the summer months would generally see peak prices (and the most tourists). You’re more likely to find a deal during the winter months, but travelling during the spring or autumn could reward you with the perfect mix of decent weather and a decent fare.

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Frequently asked questions about flights to Nelson

How long does it take to fly to Nelson?

Located in roughly the geographical centre of New Zealand, Nelson is a relatively short flight from anywhere in the country.

  • Auckland: 1.5 hours
  • Christchurch: 1 hour
  • Wellington: 45 minutes
  • Queenstown: 3 hours (one stop)

If you’re looking to fly into Nelson from an international city, you’ll need to connect first in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington.

Which airlines fly to Nelson?

You can fly to Nelson with the following airlines:

  • Air New Zealand: From Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington
  • Golden Bay Air: From Karamea or Takaka
  • Originair: From Palmerston North or Wellington
  • Sounds Air: From Kapiti Coast or Wellington

Which is the best airline to fly to Nelson with?

There aren’t too many options for airlines flying into Nelson, but if you’re looking for a larger plane, connections to other cities (including international destinations) and the option to earn frequent flyer points, you may be best flying with Air New Zealand.

Where is the airport in Nelson compared to the city?

Nelson Airport is just south-west of the city centre. It’s about 8km away and takes approximately 15 minutes to get from the airport into town.

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