Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island is known for its stunning natural landscapes, outdoor activities, beaches to untouched forests, snow covered mountains and picturesque wineries. Be sure to visit the local produce markets, art galleries and Nelson Lakes National Park.View our New Zealand travel guide
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Nelson (NSN)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Nelson
Melbourne to Nelson flight information
The approximate flight time for flights from Melbourne to Nelson is 6 hours and 55 minutes.
When to visit
The best time to visit Nelson is during the summer months from January to March to make the most of the outdoor activities. Nelson is one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand and the perfect spot to stay while you explore Able Tasman National Park. The temperature is around 20˚C during the day. During winter, as the town is located on the South Island, temperatures drop to 3˚C to 10˚C, though it’s dry. It makes a good time join one of the many wine tours to Brancott Estate, Yearlands Estate and Wither Hills.
What is the main airport called?
Nelson Airport (NSN).Opens external site in a new window The airport is located 6 km south-west of central Nelson, New Zealand, in the suburb of Annesbrook on the South Island. The airport is located about 8km from Nelson city centre.
Arriving in Nelson
The friendly staff at Nelson Airport will give you a warm greeting when you land and from there, getting into town is quick and easy.
Getting into Nelson from Nelson airport
With a range of easy parking and a choice of transport options, getting to the city and your destination is simple. Rental cars are available and located to the left as you exit the terminal. Bus tour companies can be organised in advance, taxi and shuttle bus services are also available.
Getting around Nelson
With a range of things to do and see around Nelson choosing how you travel around the region is simple with various transport options available. The NBus service covers most Nelson suburbs with regular connections. Car rental is a popular way to get around with many parking stations available in town. Taxis are a convenient way to get you to where you want to go. There are spectacular walking trails and it’s popular to hire a bike to explore Nelson.
Fly from Melbourne
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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