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Travel and Transport to and within Golden Bay Canaan Downs, a spectacular landscape, at the top of the "Marble Mountain" on the drive into Golden Bay
  • Golden Bay is relatively isolated and therefore takes a bit more time and effort to travel here. But you’ll discover a destination that’s unsurpassed in its pristine beauty and you’ll soon come to appreciate why Golden Bay is such a special place.

    By car
  • From the North Island Two car ferries ply between Wellington and Picton. The InterIsland Line and The BlueBridge Ferry both with a 3 hour sailing time. From Picton you’re faced with a choice of two different routes to travel to Nelson and onto Golden Bay. The direct route takes just less than 4 hours to drive and the scenic route through the Queen Charlotte Sounds takes an extra hour.
  • From Christchurch the most direct route is north to Amberley and through the Lewis Pass to Murchison. Then head towards Nelson and watch for the turnoff to Motueka where you can join Highway 60 to Golden Bay. You should allow 7 hours driving time. An alternative route is to travel up the east coast to Kaikoura and on to Blenheim. From here you head west to Nelson, Motueka and over the "Marble Mountain" to Golden Bay.
    Cars can be rented from about NZ$27 per day at all the major airports and at the ferry terminal in Picton for example:-
  • Ace Car Rentals or within New Zealand call 0800 502 277 or 1800 140 026 from Australia.
    Ensure that the rate quoted includes satisfactory insurance cover for your needs as the deductible amount can vary considerably between companies.
    As well as the major car hire companies, several local rental car companies will deliver cars to the Nelson airport.
  • Nelson Auto or phone +64 3 5471270.
  • Apex Car Rental Within NZ call 0800 939777
    Buses (see below) will also pick up directly from the airport.

    By air
  • Golden Bay Air have direct flights between Wellington and Golden Bay. We can pick up guests from the flight, they also have rental cars available at the airport.
  • Air New Zealand have several flights per day to Nelson (NSN).
  • Golden Bay Flights also operates a charter flight service from Golden Bay and will provide transport for those doing the Heaphy Track.


    By Bus
  • KBus and Abel Tasman Coachlines provide timetabled bus services to and from Nelson and Motueka and also transport for trampers (hikers) travel to and from the start of the Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman Track.

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