Wellington to Nelson

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Distance & Duration

236km/146mi, 5hr 40mins


Take the scenic ferry from Wellington across the Cook Strait and through the scenic Marlborough Sounds to Picton. From pretty Picton, travel through the winding Queen Charlotte Sound route via Havelock to the city that is arguably New Zealand's arts capital: Nelson. Take a walk up to the Centre of New Zealand, visit the Cathedral, or just hang out in one of the towns many funky cafes. If you like the seaside, Tahunanui Beach, said to be excellent for swimming, and popular with walkers, joggers, windsurfers and sunseekers, is a mere 5km along the coast road from the town centre.

Itineraries Including Wellington to Nelson