Getting to the Nelson Region

Links to South Island itineraries, and transport options to Nelson and Motueka.

Click here, to download detailed map and driving directions Christchurch to Motueka.

Go To: Driving Times and Detailed Driving Directions

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.

Getting Here By Coach

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

Our friendly Reservations Team is waiting to answer your enquiries and take your booking. Please contact us using the details below or complete the online form on this page and one of our team will reply within 24 hours.

Freephone (New Zealand Only): 0800 223 582 (0800 ABEL TASMAN)
Freephone (Australia Only): 1800-139 341

Telephone (within New Zealand): 03 528 2027
Telephone (outside New Zealand): +64 3 528 2027 (calling outside NZ)