How to get from Nelson to Abel Tasman

Travelling from Nelson to Abel Tasman is relatively easy, with lots of options available to make the journey time-efficient and comfortable. The town of Nelson is roughly 11km away from Abel Tasman National Park, but if you're coming from Nelson Airport, the total distance travelled would be around 130km. 

Driving from Nelson to Abel Tasman is the most popular and quickest option, however, you can also catch public transport in the form of a bus if you don't have a car or don't want to hire one

Driving from Nelson to Abel Tasman

Getting to Abel Tasman National Park from Nelson by car is the quickest option, as the journey will only take you around 2 hours. If you're in a different part of New Zealand, flying into Nelson is easily accessible, with an airport that offers several flights from all major cities in New Zealand, including those on the North Island. Once at the airport, you can easily rent a car from a number of companies, such as Avis, Zoom Car Rentals, Europcar, and Apex Car Rentals in order to begin your journey to Abel Tasman National Park. 

There is one main access road leading into Abel Tasman National Park via Marahau, located at the southern end of the Coastal Track. However, you can still access the park via the northern end through Golden Bay. 

The roads leading into Abel Tasman National Park are frequently maintained and are marked with extensive signage so you can easily navigate your way to the park to start your epic adventure.  

Taking public transport from Nelson to Abel Tasman

Travelling from Nelson To Abel Tasman National Park by public transport is also a good option and can often be cheaper than driving. New Zealand's national bus network, InterCity, offers services from various cities and locations on the South Island, including Picton and Christchurch, to the city of Nelson. From there, Scenicnz Abel Tasman provides bus routes from Nelson's city centre straight to the entrance of the park in Marahua. 

While catching the bus is a more time-consuming way to get to Abel Tasman National Park (the trip from Nelson will take you around 3 hours), it's also a great way to see some of the South Island's beautiful scenery.

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