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Nelson Central
Mapua Wharf, Nelson

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Cruise through the forest or blast around the hills - mountain biking is a great way to enjoy Nelson
Nelson Central
Mountain biking, Nelson

By Ian Trafford

Nelson Central

One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson is the perfect spot to base yourself while you spend some time exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.

Nelson is an entertaining city in many ways. From a cultural point of view, it provides the chance to appreciate New Zealand art, both in galleries and in artists’ studios. The district has attracted creative people who work with glass, metal, stone, wood, clay, sand, paper, ink, paint and fabric.

Nelson is also appealing from a lifestyle point of view. There are wineries scattered around the Moutere Hills and the Waimea Plains. In the city, you’ll find a good selection of restaurants – some with huge views of Tasman Bay. Activities include skydiving, rock climbing, 4WD biking, horse treks, sailing charters and water fun at the excellent beaches.

Functional facts: Approx. population 43,000, domestic airport.

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404 on Trafalgar - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Nelson South, Nelson
035394046
A 5-minute walk from dining options at Nelson town centre, 404 on Trafalgar features contemporary apartments with a full kitchen and free in-house movies. It offers free Wi-Fi access and complimentary parking on its premises. Fitted with heating facilities, apartments offer a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. Kitchens come with a washer, dry... (more)
Abelia Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800282235
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Tahunanui Beach, Abelia Motor Lodge offers self-contained accommodation with beautiful views over the mountains and Abel Tasman National Park. It features a lovely garden and patio with outdoor seating and barbecue facilities. A kitchenette with a stove top, microwave, refrigerator and tea and coffee maker is standard in all apa... (more)
Admirals Motor Inn - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Nelson
0800745755
Admirals Motor Inn offers central city motel accommodation in Nelson. Accommodation comprises of 22 spacious self-contained studio and 1 & 2 bedroom units, including executive and tourist motel units.Fully equipped kitchen, microwave, ensuite, double/queen/super-king size beds, phone, Sky TV, electric blankets, heating and internet access. Other facilities i... (more)
Aloha Lodge Beachside Accommodation - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800462564
Offering free Wi-Fi, Aloha Lodge is just 2 minutes’ walk from Tahuna Beach. You can enjoy a meal in the BBQ area, or relax in the gardens. All rooms feature lovely garden views and a flat-screen TV with over 50 satellite channels. Each room has a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. The executive suites have a small kitchenette with a sauna and ... (more)
Amber Court Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800626364
Just 5 minutes' drive from Tahunanui Beach and Nelson Airport, Amber Court Motor Lodge offers ground floor accommodation offering a 32-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Guests enjoy a hot tub, free airport transfers and free WiFiAmber Court features a large communal courtyard and guests can enjoy an outdoor meal in the BBQ area. Other facilities i... (more)
Anchor Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
035486007
BEST VALUE IN NELSON. Anchor Lodge Motel is owned and operated by Tanya and family. We are situated in the beachside suburb of Tahunanui, within walking distance of the beach, fun park, cafs and restaurants. We are also close to bowling greens, a golf course and The Suburban Club. Only 2 minutes drive to the airport and 10 minutes into Nelson city centre.... (more)
Apartments Paradiso - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
The Wood, Nelson
0800269667
Located 650 metres from Nelson CBD, Apartments Paradiso offers a 12-metre outdoor pool with hot tub, sauna facilities and free Wi-Fi access. Fully air-conditioned, all apartments have a kitchenette with a microwave, a fridge and kitchenware. Amenities include a DVD player and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom offers free toil... (more)
Apex Motorlodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800892739
Apex Motor Lodge is a comfortable motel complex situated a mere 400 metres from Tahunanui Fun, Nature Park and Beach. There are 12 fully self-contained studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units, and two wheelchair access units available on request. All units have been designated non-smoking. Units include great amenities such as kitchen, microwave, shower, phone, ... (more)
Arcadia Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800427223
Arcadia Motel is situated just a short walk from Tahunanui Beach. It has a solar-heated swimming pool and rooms with well-equipped kitchens. Wi-Fi access and daily newspapers are free. The studios and apartments at Arcadia Motel Nelson feature a DVD player, TV with satellite channels and a tea/coffee maker. Some rooms offer a private Jacuzzi. Breakfast... (more)
Arrow Motel Apartments - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800227769
You'll be impressed by our modern apartment complex, with only the best in facilities, whether you're a business traveller or a family holiday maker. It's not only the great choice of room layouts, the easy walking distance to local shopping, bars and cafes, but it's our intimate attention to detail. It's our philosophy to provide you with the level of pr... (more)
Arrow Rock - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Stepneyville, Nelson
0800733386
All rooms enjoy beautiful up close views over the harbour, 8 minute stroll to Tahuna beach or to the Waterfront Restaurants and only a 4 minute drive to the city centre. Large Lounge and balcony, King size bed with En-suite. ~ Facilities include fridge, microwave, kettle, Free wireless internet, Sky TV, BBQ, ~ SMOKING OUTSIDE ONLY. ... (more)
Ascot Lodge & Gallery - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800788777
Your Qualmark 4 Star, Home Away From Home - Lynn & Stephan invite you to experience the hidden secret of Ascot Lodge, a small complex of only 5 spacious units (smokefree studio to family), away from the main road traffic, yet an easy walk to Tahanui Beach, cafes, restaurants and bars, and only a short drive from the city, airport, Richmond and golf courses. ... (more)
ASURE Fountain Resort Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0508376683
Situated only 5 minutes’ walk from Tahunanui Beach, ASURE Fountain Resort Motel offers a large solar-heated swimming pool, barbecue area and a fitness centre. Guests enjoy 200 MB of free Wi-Fi per day. Motel Fountain Resort offers a range of refurbished rooms, from studios to large 2-bedroom units. Each unit has a private balcony, fully-equipped kitchen, ... (more)
Balmoral Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800222413
Just 500 metres from Tahunanui Beach, Balmoral Motel boasts a solar-heated outdoor pool and self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Free parking is available on site. A kitchenette with a stove, microwave and refrigerator is standard in all apartments. Each apartment has a seating area and a bathroom with free toiletries. Balmora... (more)
Bay Crest Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800005001
The modern and spacious Bay Crest Motor Lodge is located in the heart of Tahunanui with its cafes, restaurants and bars. It is also close to Tahunanui Beach. Guests enjoy free WiFi access. Bay Crest is within walking distance to the famouss Nelson Golf Course and a short drive to Nelson Airport. The Lodge is away from the main road and therefore you can e... (more)
Beachcomber Motor Inn - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
035485985
Just a short walk away from Tahunanui Beach, Beachcomber Motor Inn offers free Wi-Fi, a heated swimming pool and small fitness centre. Nelson Airport is 3 km away. Offering modern accommodation set in minimalist décor, each room is equipped with Sky TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Beachcomber Motor Inn’s restaurant offers a wide selection of l... (more)
Beaches Motor Inn - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Nelson
0800332232
Beaches Motor Inn is located in Nelson which is considered as the sunshine capital of New Zealand.Beaches Motor Inn has 16 luxury units all of which are serviced daily. Room options include executive suites, studios and 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. Kitchens with dishwashers and workstation are available in most motels. Complimentary bikes are provided... (more)
Beachside Villas Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
035485041
Beachside Villas Motel is unique in offering you all the amenities of a modern motel and the atmosphere of a luxury, Italian-style villa set in beautiful peaceful gardens with a large swimming pool (seasonal). All our 7 units are fully self-contained, have LCD/LED-TV, DVD and wireless access to the internet. Some units have spa bath, dishwasher and air-condi... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Nelson - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800235528
Bella Vista Motel Nelson offers self-contained accommodation with satellite TV, only a 5-minute drive from Tahunanui Beach. Transfers to and from Nelson Airport are available for guests. Facilities at Motel Bella Vista Nelson include a guest laundry, BBQ area and children’s playground. Guests can borrow a DVD player from the reception desk, and 1 hour of ... (more)
Best Western Tuscany Gardens - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800887226
Tuscany Gardens Motor Lodge is in Tahunanui, less than half a mile from the beaches of South Island. It offers air-conditioned studios and suites with separate kitchens. Every Tuscany Gardens unit has modern furnishings, a DVD player and an LCD TV with satellite channels. Each kitchen includes a dining area, a refrigerator and a microwave. The hotel is... (more)
Boutique Hotel Warwick House - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Nelson
0800022233
Warwick House is a boutique Bed and Breakfast accommodation located in Nelson. With excellent reviews from NZ Herald, Dominion Post and Adelaide Advertiser and celebrity visitors John Campbell and Peta Mathias, you can be assured of the Warwick House's outstanding quality.Warwick House is a mid-nineteenth century castle that has been converted to a luxurious... (more)
Brook Valley Holiday Park - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
The Brook, Nelson
035480399
TRANQUIL, PRIVATE AND BEAUTIFULLY SITUATED AMONGST MATURE TREES WITH THE SOUND OF BIRDSONG. Here at the Brook Valley Holiday Park, we pride ourselves on our tidy, spacious grounds with nature as your playground right at your backdoor. We are only a few minutes drive from central Nelson but you would think you were a world away from all the hustle and bust... (more)
Cable Bay Holiday Park - Accommodation in Cable Bay New Zealand
Cable Bay
035450003
Only 20 minutes from Nelson City, Cable Bay Holiday Park offers visitors comprehensive information on the rich history of this area. Your hosts, Ian,Barbara and sons, Hamish and Sam Stuart, love talking about their famouss bay and can advise on walks that will allow you to see all the amazing sites. This is a real N.Z working farm so depending on the season ... (more)
Carmel Court Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Nelson
0800183318
Carmel Court Motel has 12 ground floor self-contained motel units consisting of 5 x studio units sleep 1-2, 6 x 2 bedroom units sleep 2-6, 1 x 3 bedroom unit sleep 2-6. All units have kitchen facilities, Sky TV, DVD players, Wi-Fi, irons/ironing boards, hair dryers, off-street parking and undercover seating. Continental breakfast is available on request. Gue... (more)
Castles Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui, Nelson
0800450555
11 spacious and superior studio and 1brm units, serviced daily, all designated non-smoking. Fully equipped kitchen including full stove, oven and microwave; ensuite (2 person spa bath in some 1brm units), hair dryer, phone, wireless internet, 32" LED TV in all units, heating, iron/ironing board.Cooked/continental breakfast available served to unit, fax, busi... (more)
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  • Richmond Park Showgrounds, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! Welcome to Season 6 of New Zealand's largest and most fabulous traveling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 28 Sep 2020 7:00PM / Musicals
    It's 1955, and into a square little American town rides a guitar-playin' motorcycle ridin' roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swivelling, lip-curling musical comedy. Featuring the ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 29 Sep 2020 2:00PM / Musicals
    Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents the irrepressible comic strip heroine in one of the world's best-loved, award-winning musicals. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best ... more
  • Studio One, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 3 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Studio One is a cozy wee studio nestled just off Hardy Street. It is run by a collective of local artists. We strive to provide a central space for artists from all communities to come together. We have had many ... more
  • The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 9 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Rock
    Blindspott proudly announce the rescheduled BLINDSPOTT The Tour - With 4 new shows! Just a week into the much anticipated 2020 Blindspott tour it was stopped short as NZ went into lockdown. Now they’re back with ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Wed 7 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Musicals
    Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs from stage and screen. Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Theatre
    Following her smash hit Promise and Promiscuity, and after a sell-out Nelson Arts Festival, Olive Copperbottom is back! Penny Ashton brings Dickensian inspired orphaned hero Olive, and a squalid gaggle of hilarious ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Tenfold & ZM present: Thomas Oliver with full band for the ultimate Thomas Oliver experience. The award-winning singer-songwriter returns to New Zealand with a stunning run of dates celebrating The Brightest Light album ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 2:30PM / Dance
    Grooves! is the ballet you have been waiting for. A feast of a triple bill combining Aotearoa New Zealand's finest professional dancers with the music of Bic Runga, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, Wynton ... more
  • Studio One, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Comedy
    “He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a hard ... more
  • Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 24 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Opera
    Presented by New Zealand Opera An unflinching examination of the human condition in 45 minutes you cannot look away from. Written in the middle of the last century by two enfants terribles of the French art scene, ... more
  • Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 11 Oct 2020 5:00PM / Classical Music
    The roaring ’20s were wild and carefree – a time of dramatic social change that also marked the beginning of the modern music era… filled with risk and adventure. Jazz, aeroplanes, skyscrapers and the invention ... more
  • Old St John's, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 23 Oct 2020 5:30PM / Literary
    Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman in conversation with journalist Anke Richter. Behrouz Boochani’s and Golriz Ghahraman’s refugee stories shine a devastating light on the fates of so many people, as borders ... more
  • The Hotel Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 13 Oct 2020 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    It’s time to get back to the core employer fundamentals and continue to run your businesses with confidence. In this free hr workshop, specialists from Employsure explain the changing legislation as we move on from ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 25 Oct 2020 11:00AM / Literary
    Miriam Lancewood talks with Kerry Sunderland about her gripping sequel to the international bestseller, Woman in the Wilderness. Miriam Lancewood’s first book Woman in the Wilderness told how she and her husband, ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 24 Oct 2020 1:30PM / Literary
    Eamonn Marra and Lil O’Brien discuss the balance between comedy and tragedy in their debut books. Guided by local writer Ro Cambridge, Eamonn Marra and Lil O’Brien will explore the relationship between tragedy and ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 24 Oct 2020 11:00AM / Literary
    Panel discussion about our multicultural whenua. Join Resika Sapkota (a Nelson-based Bhutanese/Nepali refugee), Behrouz Boochani (Kurdish refugee and author of No Friend But the Mountains), Chinese NZ writer Rose Lu ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 25 Oct 2020 3:30PM / Literary
    Ian Trafford and William Moloney have both written fascinating novels based on their grandfathers’ WWI diaries. During his childhood on a farm near Te Karaka, west of Gisborne, Ian Trafford’s father came home one ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 24 Oct 2020 3:30PM / Literary
    Multi-award winning author of fiction for young adults Mandy Hager in conversation with local YA writers Rachael Craw, Brin Murray and Robyn Prokop. While young adult (YA) fiction is written for readers between the ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 25 Oct 2020 1:30PM / Literary
    Christine Leunens and Alexandra Tidswell discuss how they work with both research and imagination when creating characters from the past. A New Zealand-Belgian novelist, Christine Leunens is the author of Caging ... more
  • The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 25 Oct 2020 10:30AM / Public Talks & Tours
    Two-hour workshop with award-winning author Mandy Hager. Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. In 2019 she was awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 23 Oct 2020 6:00PM / R&B, Soul
    Hopetoun Brown Double header presented by Arts on Tour 23rd and 24th Oct Labour Weekend Show from 8pm, Dinner from 6pm $25 entry Ex Super Groove members bring musical magic to the Playhouse stage. Expect super ... more
  • Chanel Arts Centre, Motueka, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 9 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Comedy
    “He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a hard ... more
  • Tyntesfield, Blenheim, Marlborough
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Variety Concerts
    Since 2012 The Woolshed Tour has been a highlight on rural calendars, bringing a riotous night of entertainment to well over 100 woolsheds from Taumarunui to Tasman to Tuatapere and beyond. Spring 2020 sees the smash-hit ... more
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