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Nelson Airport (NSN) is known for its excellent service and facilities. It has earned three “Airport of the Year” awards from the New Zealand Airports Association. The airport has a perimeter walkway where you can enjoy magnificent views of the coastline and the rolling hills. It is a great time to fly to Nelson; it is currently one of New Zealand's most affordable destinations, with budget airline Jetstar now servicing the city, and offering competitive pricing against Air New Zealand.
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Driving tips at Nelson Airport
With increased visitor numbers, Nelson Airport has undergone recent upgrades, particularly to its parking facilities. It now has super-efficient ticket machines, and barrier arms to control entry and exit from the car park, greatly improving traffic flow.
Nelson Airport is situated in Annesbrook and just six kilometres away from the city centre. While there are shuttles and taxis available from the airport, a hire car gives you the freedom to explore all of the Nelson Bays area at your own pace, with access to the whole of the top of the South Island. Stock up in the big-box retailers in Richmond, head up the coast to the Tasman Bays, or explore the three national parks that border the Nelson region. You're only a short drive away from the wine country of Marlborough or the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.
Your Adventure in Nelson Begins at the Airport
Upon arrival at Nelson Airport, having a car hire ready and waiting means you can get on the road faster. Nelson Airport is the gateway to one of the country's most scenic regions.
Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park, set in the stunning sun trap at the top of the South Island. Famous for walks and sea kayaking. At the Tasman Great Taste Trail, you can spend between one and four days on this easy cycle trail. The 'great taste' part of the trail involves organic cafes, craft brewers, cellar door winery outlets and boutique coffee roasters. Conveniently you can start right at the airport, or from the city.
Check out our travel guide below for a list of places to visit, stay, and dine. For more ideas, also visit our Nelson Travel page.
Where To Go
Hoglund Art Glass
The glass gallery is just 15 minutes away from Nelson Airport and around 20 minutes away from the city. If you have time to kill while waiting for your flight, you can have a quick visit at Hoglund Art Glass where you will find various glass masterpieces that feature techniques such as Sommerso, Ariel, Incalmo, and Graal. You can also witness glassblowing in action so make sure to contact them first for the schedule. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on New Year's Day, Christmas, Good Friday, and Boxing Day.
Natureland Wildlife Trust
Get up close and personal with some of New Zealand's native animals including the kea and tuatara at Natureland. The zoo and wildlife conversation centre in Nelson has been attracting families all over the world because of their interactive activities. Get a chance to hang out with monkeys, chat with the keepers and learn more about different creatures, and feed a lamb or llama.
Nelson Farmers' Market
Experience shopping in a European-style market where you can communicate directly with the growers and producers. You will find healthy, fresh, and locally produced goods that highlight the fresh flavours of the Nelson/ Tasman region. This assures high quality fresh vegetables, fruits, and other items including fresh bread, cheese and seafood. The Nelson Farmers Market also has speciality products that cater to individual's needs such as gluten-free products and probiotic soft drinks. Come and taste the region at the Nelson Farmers' Market every Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Morrison Square.
Don't miss more ideas in our Nelson city guide.
Where To Stay
The Greens Motel is nestled amongst the trees at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. It is situated alongside the Nelson Golf Course and adjacent to the district's airport and picturesque waters of Tasman bay. Centrally located between Nelson city and the Tasman district, Greens Motel is the best place to start your journey when exploring Nelson. It has easy access to the Tahunanui beach, great restaurants and museums. The motel offers a selection of studios as well as one and two bedroom units complete with kitchenettes. Guests can take advantage of their free WiFi and parking.
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco
Address: 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson
Located just a few minutes by car hire from the Nelson Airport and the city centre, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and unwind. The boutique hotel has easy access to numerous beaches and is just across the edge of Waimea Inlet. Choose from its wide range of rooms – from stylish studios to spacious cottages. Take advantage of the first-class facilities offered by Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco including a gym, pool, beauty salon, and jewellery shop.
Where To Eat
The Monaco Kitchen
Address: 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson
If you are looking for a new dining experience, then visit The Monaco Kitchen (TMK) located on the Monaco peninsula. Nelson born head chef Jay Olsen and his team strive to provide scrumptious regional produce using the freshest ingredients, an assortment of beers and wines, and a relaxing ambiance. This is the perfect place to bring your family and friends as it offers small bites, sharing plates and feasts. You can enjoy mixing and matching your food which makes it more fun.
623 In The City
Address: 223 Hardy Street, Nelson
If you are looking for a friendly and relaxing atmosphere right in the heart of Nelson city, then 623 In The City is the place to be. They offer a scrumptious selection of healthy and classic meals at affordable prices. Also choose from an extensive selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. You even have the option to dine indoor or outdoor. Looking for a place to park your rental car won't be a problem as they plenty of space for that.