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Flights from Nelson (NSN) to Melbourne (MEL)

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Visiting from Nelson to Melbourne

When to visit

Best time to visit Melbourne

Visit Melbourne at any time of the year and you won’t be short of things to do, however you should always be prepared for sunshine and a downpour on the same day. Summer is mostly sunny and an ideal time to explore the coast, while autumn and winter are quite chilly and perfect for exploring the city’s famed restaurants and museums.

Arriving in Melbourne

The friendly staff at Melbourne AirportOpens external site in a new window will be waiting to greet you when you land. Once you collect your baggage, there are several transport options available to get you to the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Getting into Melbourne from Melbourne Airport

The easiest way to reach the centre of Melbourne is via taxi or rideshare, which can be accessed from beyond the terminal building. For a more affordable alternative, the SkyBus connects the airport to Southern Cross station and takes approximately 30 minutes. 

Getting around Melbourne

Melbourne’s city centre is easy to navigate on foot, but for faster trips around the CBD, free trams are available. For longer journeys, purchase a reloadable myki card and enjoy unlimited access to Melbourne’s network of trains, buses and trams for the duration of your stay.

Nelson travel information

Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island is known for its stunning natural landscapes, with everything from golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. The city has a large number of artists and galleries in the country, so be sure to visit the studios, explore weekend craft markets and taste the delicious locally made artisan products. There are plenty of outdoor activities from fishing, kayaking, hikes and picturesque wineries.

When to visit

Best time to visit Nelson

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-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.

Arrival information

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 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.

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Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important Information

 This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 30 April 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 30 April 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 31 December 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.

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