Nelson Airport is to be found to the southwest side of Annesbrook City. The busy airport runs only one terminal and runway, and is New Zealand’s 4th busiest airport. Annually, about 800,000 people pass through the airport terminal and an average of 90 aircraft pass through it every day. Principally the airport is used for New Zealand’s domestic flights. It receives and sees off regular flights from Wellington, Palmerston North, Kapiti Coast, Christchurch, Blenheim, Auckland and Blenheim. This is the home of Air Nelson, operating the largest fleet of domestic flights in NZ. Flights between Wellington and Nelson are offered by Sounds Air. Nelson Airport received in 2006 limited international status to make possible the flow of small personal aircraft. This has also given rise to the growth of rental car hire services at the airport.
The maritime doorway for the regions of Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman is Nelson Port. This is a vital and major economic hub for the region that is served by major shipping lines and companies. The hub is well connected to Nelson Airport and also served by ferry services.
NBus offers high value, low charge means of public transport between Richmond and Nelson plus on four neighborhood routes within Nelson city. A Late Bus night transport service is available between Richmond and Nelson that is affordable and safe. This service however only runs on Saturday and Friday nights starting at 10.00pm. The last bus departs at 3. 15am. For the night birds, the option of car hire remains available
Shuttle Vans and Taxis
Nelson is well served by taxi companies. However, there are no traditional bus services from the City center to Nelson Airport. The airport is taken care of by shuttle vans supplied by a number of operators that run to and from the city and airport non-stop. For those desiring more private means of transport, they can always rent a car.
Nelson City happens to be one of New Zealand’s three chief urban zones that do not have a rail connection, besides Queenstown and Taupo. The only indication of rail motion is a brief heritage undertaking that is run by Founders Heritage Park and the Nelson Railway Society. This runs between Grove Station and Wakefield Quay Station with proposals for extensions in the future. Consequently Nelson Airport is not connected via rail and those wishing to get there have the option of public transport or rental car hire.