The Park is an easy one hour, 60km drive from Nelson, the largest city in the area and home of New Zealand’s sixth busiest airport. Nelson airport serves around one million passengers per year.
The Abel Tasman is also easily accessible by road, and by car ferry from Wellington. For travellers without their own transport, bus services are available from Nelson and Motueka each day.
Approximate driving times to Marahau:
Nelson Airport is serviced by around 300 flights per week. As well as frequent daily flights on Air New Zealand, in recent times, a good number of other airlines have begun to offer services into Nelson.
|Adventure Flights Golden Bay||Charter: Karamea, Takaka|
|Air New Zealand Link||Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington|
|Air2there||Blenheim, Kapiti Coast|
|Golden Bay Air||Charter: Karamea, Takaka|
|Jetstar Airways||Auckland, Wellington|
|Sounds Air||Kapiti Coast, Wellington|
Both ferry services take around three hours. The ferries contain restaurants, bars and other ways in which to pass the journey, including children’s areas and even small film theatres.
Once you’re in the area, the commercial operators in the Park run year-round daily bus services from Nelson and Marahau.
These bus services depart Nelson and Motueka early each morning to meet up with morning trips into the Park that, and then return in the afternoon at around 5:00PM.
The Intercity bus network has a hub right in the middle of Nelson City with daily services from Picton, Christchurch and other cities and towns around the South Island.
Abel Tasman Coachlines also operate daily services from Nelson and Motueka which take you right to the entrance to the Coastal Track in Marahau.