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Catch a cheap InterCity bus to Nelson. Modern InterCity buses operate daily bus timetables depart daily from many different destinations around the South Island. Travelling on a budget is easy with InterCity with fares as cheap as $1 (+ booking fee).
Use the fare finder opposite to search for a bus to Nelson with New Zealand's most popular national bus network.
Approximate bus to Nelson travel times:
Picton to Nelson = 2 hours 15 minutes
Blenheim to Nelson = 2 hours
Marahau to Nelson = 1 hour
Christchurch to Nelson = 7 hours 35 minutes
Franz Josef to Nelson = 10 hours 15 minutes
Fox Glacier to Nelson = 11 hours
An alternative route from Christchurch to Nelson travelling partway on the TranzAlpine railway is also available and takes approximately 11 hours to complete. The 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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About Nelson: 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, 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. nelson.co.nz