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Nelson City Parking – One Hour Free!

Take a ticket from the meter and your first hour is free!  If you have parked on an individual lollipop meter you don’t need to obtain a ticket, as these meters do not issue paper tickets.  But you can still park for your first hour for free.  Thereafter, please observe the time limits and if it is a 2 hour time zone or more, you can pay $2 per hour for every extra hour you want to park. Here are the important things to know:

  • You must use a new Pay-by-Plate meter even if parking for free.
  • Parking fees after the first free hour will be at the rate of $2.00 per hour.
  • The Parking Bylaw and fees apply from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.
  • Maximum time limits apply – check signs and meters for times
  • Free all-day parking is available on the city fringes, and for car-pool permit holders in the city centre.
  • When parking in the squares, don’t park facing oncoming traffic.
  • Motorcycles can park in designated parking spots for free. If a motorcycle parks in a paid car park, then it must pay and abide by the time limits.
  • We have a couple of guides to help with parking:

PayMyPark App GuideParking Meter Guide

For more information on parking fees and time zones please visit Nelson City Council. here


eBus – Nelson Tasman’s new bus service

Nelson-Tasman now has a new electric bus service with more destinations, more regular buses, for a lower fare.

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Ebus Routes & Timetables

NBus is now eBus – a new electric bus service with more destinations, more regular buses, for a lower fare. Visit for information on the new services.


Nelson City Taxis, T: 03 548 8225 or 0800 108 855. Nelson Bays Cabs, T: 03 541 8294 or text 027 CALLCAB. Sun City Taxis, T: 03 548 2666 or 0800 422 666.

Rental Cars

Search compare and book the best Nelson Airport car rental deals from quality car hire providers such as: AVIS, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty and NZ Rent a Car.
Omega Rental Cars is Kiwi owned and operated, and the Nelson depot is conveniently located near Nelson Airport at 33 Bolt Road, Annesbrook.  Omega Rental Cars offers a full range of affordable late-model, air-conditioned vehicle rentals and provides a free pick up and shuttle service from Nelson Airport. Tel: 0800 55 59 66 For more details see:


Nelson is a walker’s paradise! Visit Nelson City Council for some great booklets and maps showing walking trails and shared bike/walking pathways

Heritage walks

Discover Nelson history and heritage on foot.-  Read More

Walk Nelson

Acollection of walks to try out; enjoy all 56 of the walks when you purchase Walk Nelson. – Read More

Urban links

Nelson has many pathways that link community facilities and neighbourhoods. – Read More

Shared pathways

Cycling and walking to share paths. Check out our shared pathways map. – Read More

Art Walks

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Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport averages 60 domestic aircraft movements every day with 1.2 million people using the Nelson Airport terminal every year .

Book Your Flight Here 

Airport Super Shuttle.  Freephone 0800 48885  Email:

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