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Nelson Taxi

Nelson Taxi - General Information and Tips


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

Taxis in Nelson

Nelson, located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, is a charming and picturesque city known for its sunny climate, stunning natural landscapes, and vibrant arts and culture scene. With over 1.2 million yearly visitors, Nelson is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. To make the most of your time and explore at your own pace, the best way to get around the city is in a Nelson taxi.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
14 €
16.90 €
15 MIN
15 €
16.90 €
15 MIN
68 €
85 €
75 MIN
113 €
141 €
105 MIN
Nelson NZ Taxis

Nelson Taxi Prices

A standard Nelson NZ taxi will calculate its fares using a taximeter based on the time, and distance travelled to your destination, with prices as follows:

Initial fee: €2 (NZD 3.50)
Price Per Km: €12 (NZD 3.50)
Waiting time per hour: €30 (NZD 55)

Please, note that a supplement will be added to your end fare when travelling on weekends, public holidays and between 22:00 to 06:00. Nonetheless, if you prefer to travel at a low, fixed price with a local, friendly driver, you can pre-book your private transfer in Nelson with Welcome Pickups.

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How to Get a Taxi in Nelson

Getting a taxi in Nelson is easy. You can hail a cab straight off the street, head to popular hubs in the city to find a taxi rank, check with your hotel, use an on-demand company’s mobile app, or call a local cab provider to request that a driver picks you up. A few of the more reputable local companies you can call are: 

Grab a Cab: +64 20 425 0571
Hilbilly’s Taxi: +64 22 035 1662
Nelson Taxis: +64 3 548 8225

In any case, if you have a specific time and location in mind, you can also pre-book your Nelson taxi and count on Welcome’s dependable drivers for a prompt and convenient door-to-door service.

The Benefits of Booking a Nelson Taxi in Advance

Pre-booking a Nelson taxi with Welcome Pickups allows peace of mind when starting your holiday – saving you time and hassle on your arrival. By booking our services, you can secure guaranteed fixed prices without any unexpected fees or charges.

Additionally, Welcome Pickups offers professional and reliable services 24/7, with meet-and-greets by local, friendly drivers, handpicked and trained by our care and premium customer support round the clock. Also, by booking your Nelson transfer in advance, you can tailor your needs – whether you require a larger vehicle, child seats, extra luggage space and so on, we have it all!

Nelson Taxi Tips

  1. Taxis in Nelson accept card payments, although it is best to check with your driver beforehand.
  2. Tipping your Nelson taxi driver is not expected. However, if you have an enjoyable experience, you can always leave a small tip as a gesture of appreciation.
  3. A surcharge of €0.85 (NZD 1.50) per km will be added to your end fare when travelling between 22:00 to 06:00 or on weekends and holidays.
  4. Ensure your Nelson taxi driver turns on, resets and applies the correct tariff on their taximeter before starting your ride.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Nelson

Most of Nelson’s local taxi companies have wheelchair-accessible vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with ramps or lifts and have sufficient space to accommodate the passenger and their wheelchair or mobility aid.

However, it is important to enquire early and pre-book your wheelchair-accessible taxi to ensure availability.

Nelson Taxi Safety and Complaints

If you encounter a bad experience during your taxi ride, you can file a complaint directly with the Nelson taxi service provider you travelled with. Alternatively, you can contact the New Zealand Transport Agency for more serious matters using their online complaint form. To do so, ensure your taxi receipt is at hand, as it contains valuable information you will be asked for.

Frequently asked questions

How do I call a Nelson taxi?

Calling a taxi in Nelson is easy, as many companies are available in and around the city. You can hail one off the streets or head to a tourist hub. Alternatively, you can call your preferred taxi company directly to request a pickup or book your ride in advance.

Can I pay for my taxi in Nelson by card?

Yes, all Nelson NZ taxis should accept card payments; however, you can always confirm with your driver beforehand.

How do Nelson taxi providers calculate their fares?

Taxis in Nelson calculate their fares using a taximeter, with two applicable tariffs (one for daytime trips and one for night rides, weekends and holidays). You can expect to pay around €14 (NZD 25) for a 15-minute taxi ride from Nelson Airport to the city centre. 

Nevertheless, if you prefer to travel at a competitive fixed-rate fare, you can pre-book your Nelson NZ taxi transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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