Enjoy Nelson

Nelson’s sunshine and landscape make it a fantastic holiday destination – all year round.

A wide variety of cafes and restaurants showcase the region’s gourmet delights and succulent seafood. Delicatessans and specialist foodstores provide a delicious take home experience. The Saturday Outdoor Market is an essential stop for food, jewellery and crafts. Museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas provide ample rainy day activities. Nelson has numerous opportunities for walkers and beach lovers.Tahunanui Beach is a short walk from our door while Richmond Forest Park and Rabbit Island Beach Reserve are only a short drive away.

Explore the Region

The beauty of the Nelson landscape has drawn artists and craftspeople from all over the world. It’s climate has encouraged a growing wine and olive industry. Take time to tour the local vineyards, olive groves, boutique breweries and artist galleries.

Escape to the wilderness

Three National Parks are within easy driving distance from the city. Abel Tasman National Park has golden sand beaches and turquoise blue waters. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks offer alpine scenery,beech forests and native bird life. Guided tours can take you to the best of the region’s fly fishing. Journey over the Takaka Hill to the sweeping coastline of Golden Bay and the world renowned bird sanctuary at Farewell Spit.

Nelson Festivals and Events

The city of Nelson has a great reputation for it’s cultural activities. Here is a taste of some of the highlights each year. Dates are a guideline, feel free to confirm details with us before your stay.

Month Event
January Nelson Jazz Festival
Nelson Kite Festival
February The Festival of Opportunities
Kaimira Ventures Buskers Festival
March The Collingwood Street Trolley Derby
June Founders Park Book Fair
July Nelson School of Music Winter Festival
September Nelson Arts Festival
October Nelson Home & Garden Show
Nelson Arts Festival
November Nelson Summer Kite Festival
December Nelson Jazz Festival