Getting to the Nelson Region
Links to South Island itineraries, and transport options to Nelson and Motueka.
Getting Here By Sea
The Cook Strait Ferry runs between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. The ferry crossing requires some organisation and advance bookings, especially during the peak summer season. The two main ferry companies are:
Allow 2 hours 15 mins to drive from Picton to Nelson.
Getting Here By Air
International airports closest to Abel Tasman National Park are Wellington (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island). Two regional airlines offer scheduled services into Nelson airport:
Air New Zealand
Other smaller airlines such as Sounds Air offer services across Cook Strait and offer an alternative to taking a Cook Strait Ferry.
To fly directly into the National Park, contact Picton Floatplane Service for flights from the Marlborough Sounds and Picton ferry terminal.
Many bus and coach services connect Nelson and Motueka with other destinations in the North and South Islands.
Abel Tasman Coachlines - regional coach services
InterCity - national coach services to Nelson