Course Location

The courses take place at the Collingwood Area School, Lewis Road, Collingwood, Golden Bay.

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Collingwood is 2 1/2 hours drive from the nearest big town Nelson.  It is 1/2 hour drive from the main town, Takaka.


International Flights

International flights fly into three main cities...Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

If you fly into Auckland or Christchurch you will need to take an internal, domestic flight to Nelson. Personally I prefer to fly Air New Zealand.

If you fly into Wellington you can either fly directly to Takaka, Golden Bay via Golden Bay Air or you can fly to Nelson.  If you are planning a big holiday, you can also take a ferry from Wellington (north island) to Picton (South Island).


Travelling onwards from Nelson 

When you fly into Nelson, depending on the timing and budget, your onward travel can be:

- hire a car at the airport.  There are six different hire companies.  See

- get a bus direct from the airport.  They leave from Nelson Airport and go to our main town Takaka at 15.15 each day, arriving at 17.45.   Then for the return journey, they leave from Takaka at 13.15 getting to Nelson Airport at 15.30.

- get a lift from another student....I often try to find students who will be driving past Nelson Airport who are happy to give a lift to another student.  There are no guarantees this will work out .....but it has so far.


Domestic Flights to Takaka, Golden Bay

You can fly direct to Takaka, Golden Bay via a small 4 passenger plane from Wellington or Nelson. It is a particularly scenic flight from Wellington, going over the Marlborough Sounds and there are two flights a day from each location.

I am happy to pick you up from the Takaka airport and take you to your accommodation.  Sometimes there is a bus which picks people up from the Takaka airport en route to The Heaphy Track and drops them off in Collingwood.

Or you can also hire a car from the Takaka airport.