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Catch a cheap bus from Christchurch to Nelson. The Christchurch to Nelson bus trip is completed in two legs and takes approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes with regular stops along the way. The main bus stop in Nelson is outside the Travel Centre at 27 Bridge St.
An alternative route using the TranzAlpine railway is also available and takes approximately 11 hours to complete. The train/bus journey travels a spectacular route from Christchurch to Nelson via Greymouth, stopping at Arthur’s Pass in the Southern Alps. Learn more about the TranzAlpine.
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Nelson is situated at the top of the South Island on the eastern shores of the Tasman Bay, just a short 2 hour drive from Picton. Established in 1841, Nelson is the second oldest settled city in New Zealand and is known for its Art and Craft and hosts popular events every year such as the Nelson Arts Festival. Nelson is home to three stunning National Parks, the Abel Tasman National which is the most popular of the three parks, Nelson Lakes National Park with its lakeside walks and majestic mountains, Kahurangi National Park, home to the Heaphy track which is known as the place to be for winter mountain biking. Nelson is home to 25 wineries that are scattered across the rolling hills, many of these wineries produce award-winning wines. The Nelson region has some of the best destinations for white water rafting and kayaking with 18 rivers within 45 minutes there are many white water experiences to be had.
For more information about nelson visit nelson.co.nz