Bus and Coach
Services From Nelson
New Zealand's South Island with its unique 8 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks of the Southern
Alps, fiords, glaciers, lakes,
rivers, native alpine bush landscapes of national parks and the southern skifields by bus and coach
46,437) is a major commercial centre for the Golden Bay region and the gate way
to Abel Tasman National Park,
is the second oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in
the South Island.
Being the fourth largest urban centre in the South Island, Nelson has a compact
city commercial centre, dotted with art galleries, cafes and restaurants,
attractions including historic homes, beautiful public gardens, etc.
The Nelson economy is based on the ‘big four’ industries; seafood, horticulture,
tourism and forestry. Port Nelson is the biggest fishing port in Australasia.
There are also a range of growth industries, including art and craft, aviation,
engineering technology, and information technology.
As the major regional centre, the
Nelson offers many lodgings, restaurants, and unique speciality shopping such as
at the Goldsmiths where "The One Ring" in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was
Nelson has a vibrant local music
and arts scene and is known nationwide for its culturally idiosyncratic
craftsmen and women. These include Potters, Glass Blowers, Fibre Spectrum
Handweavers & Fibre Artists' Studio and dozens of Wood carvers using native New
Zealand Southern beech and exotic macrocarpa.
Nelson is a popular visitor
destination and year-round attracts both New Zealanders and international
tourists due to is climate regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine
hours, with an annual average total of over 2400 hours per year.
The Saturday Nelson Market is
well known and you can buy direct from local artists. Music lovers may attend
the biennial Nelson School of Music Winter Music Festival, the Adam New Zealand
Festival of Chamber Music and the annual Jazz Festival.
The Taste Nelson festival at
Founders Heritage Park highlights this region's gastronomy, the Festival of
Opportunities features alternative health and lifestyle possibilities, while the Suter International Film Festival screens 20 non-Hollywood films in late May to
June every year.
The Nelson Kite Festival takes
advantage of the reliable sea breezes that blow inland from Tasman Bay across
Neale Park each afternoon with kite lovers arriving from around New Zealand and
Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other
and the region is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National
Park, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the
Nelson Lakes National Park. It is a centre for
both ecotourism and adventure tourism and has a high reputation among caving
enthusiasts due to several prominent cave systems around Takaka Hill and Mounts
Owen and Arthur, which hold the largest and deepest explored caverns in the
Nelson to Christchurch by combined bus and train travel that includes
travel on the world famous
Travelling from Nelson is on
modern eco-friendly air conditioned InterCity Coachlines
buses and coaches
that feature reclining seats with foot and foot rests. Great
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
sightseeing and touring coach services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests, onboard toilet
/washroom facilities and guided commentary.
overnight bus service between Wellington, Palmerston North, Taupo,
Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland connects at
Wellington with the
Cook Strait ferry services
Picton in the South Island to Wellington in the North Island.
The Starlighter overnight service features reclining
seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air conditioning
controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
combined bus and ferry travel and fare options, you can make one
reservation, pay one fare and travel on one ticket, from Nelson to
Paihia (Bay of Islands) and
If you want to explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from
Auckland, there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass,
allows you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's
largest regional and national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and
sightseeing network, that includes Cook Strait ferry sailings
between the North and South Islands, sightseeing tours - like
dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and lots more. Travel
is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel plus it
gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your
'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.