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Nelson Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Nelson Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Nelson Airport.

What to Expect

  • The current airport was deemed an earthquake risk so rather than renovate the current airport they are constructing a brand new terminal onsite which will be safer, bigger and offer more amenities.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.
  • We have not received any reviews on this airport. If you have been there recently, please write a review.

Where to Sleep

  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers flying on Air New Zealand can find comfort in the lounge which is accessible with an airline membership. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Nelson Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Nelson Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Nelson Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Greens Motel - (2 minutes from the airport) Free Airport transfers are available.. » Check Rates
  • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments - (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle upon request (24-hour advance notice). Shuttle runs between 8:30AM to 4:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Bay Crest Motor Lodge - (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Nelson Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Nelson Airport for one hour. Connect to 'Nelson Airport free SPOT' and follow instructions.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: main terminal.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Yes.
  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in the main terminal.
  • Children's Play Area - Yes, there is an outdoor play area for children.
  • Conference Facilities – A small meeting room is available for hire in the main terminal.
  • Food & Drink - At the time of writing, no 24-hour options are available. The only dining option is the Airport Café, located in the departure lounge. It serves coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Family Services – Baby changing facilities and a children’s outdoor play area are located in the main terminal.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Medical Services - Customer Service Officers, located by the departure gate, have Automated external defibrillators (AED) and basic first aid training for emergencies.
  • Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport's observation deck. Location: in the main terminal
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Walking Track – A 5.75km walkway circles the airport perimeter. The track starts at the recreational car park, where cars can be left for up to 3 hours. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on it.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 5:00AM - 10:30PM (Mon - Fri), 5:00AM - 8:00PM (Sat) and 5:30AM - 10:00PM (Sun).

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As of February 2018, Nelson airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • JetStar • Sounds Air • Air2There • OriginAir • Golden Bay Air.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available at the airport, and counters are available in the terminal. Companies include: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • NZ Rentacar • Thrifty.

Airport Shuttle

Super Shuttle operates fixed rate transfers from the airport to Nelson. Bookings can be made online or over the phone.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments   •   Greens Motel Nelson   •   Saxton Lodge.


Taxis are available in front of the airport at the designated taxi rank. Nelson City Taxis is the only company with a taxi on rank.

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Last Updated: 28 February 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .