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Nelson Central
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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
8.30 54 Reviews
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 are... (more)
Abelia Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.10 84 Reviews
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, m... (more)
Admirals Motor Inn - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.50 59 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Aloha Lodge Beachside Accommodation - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.80 239 Reviews
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 facil... (more)
Amber Court Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.70 216 Reviews
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 an... (more)
Anchor Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.40 6 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Apartments Paradiso - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.10 160 Reviews
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-scr... (more)
Apex Motorlodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.60 10 Reviews
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. Uni... (more)
Arcadia Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.60 335 Reviews
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 an... (more)
Arrow Motel Apartments - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.40 38 Reviews
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... (more)
Arrow Rock - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
10.00 28 Reviews
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 wir... (more)
Ascot Lodge & Gallery - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.80 23 Reviews
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 ... (more)
ASURE Fountain Resort Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.00 67 Reviews
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-be... (more)
Balmoral Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.80 62 Reviews
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 apartm... (more)
Bay Crest Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.20 96 Reviews
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... (more)
Beachcomber Motor Inn - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.40 141 Reviews
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 faciliti... (more)
Beaches Motor Inn - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.00 67 Reviews
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 work... (more)
Beachside Villas Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.50 37 Reviews
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 acce... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Nelson - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.20 93 Reviews
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. ... (more)
Best Western Tuscany Gardens - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
7.60 68 Reviews
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 i... (more)
Boutique Hotel Warwick House - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
7.70 69 Reviews
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 ... (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 ... (more)
Cable Bay Holiday Park - Accommodation in Cable Bay New Zealand
9.20 13 Reviews
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 amaz... (more)
Carmel Court Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.60 42 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Castles Motel - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
7.60 27 Reviews
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 ... (more)
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  • Rutherford Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 19 Oct 2018 7:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Zirka Circus, New Zealand's premium circus, is proud to bring you its 5th tour "La Unica" and it's more spectacular than ever. Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than ten years and ... more
  • Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 20 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Alternative, Indie
    Transforming the Theatre Royal into a sublime sound and light venue, composer Rhian Sheehan delivers a truly emotive and immersive audio-visual show, showcasing his brand new album A Quiet Divide, as well as work from ... more
  • The Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 17 Aug 2018 10:00AM / Photography
    An entertaining and interactive exhibition that highlights quirky and unexpected images from the Museum’s internationally recognised photo collection. Showcasing many previously unseen portraits of people, their pets, ... more
  • The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 20 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Theatre
    This is a theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities. Jane Doe goes to a party. She gets drunk. She blacks out. She is raped. Karin McCracken (Body Double and Mrs Warren’s Profession) leads a ... more
  • Rata Room Kitchen, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 20 Sep 2018 6:00PM / Education
    Learn to make cheese with Karen Trafford from Wangapeka Cheese. Halloumi and ricotta cheese 20 September Feta and mascarpone cheese 25 October Camembert and brie cheese 23 November Learn to make these popular ... more
  • NMIT Nelson Campus, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    This is the best money we have ever spent on marketing. The digital-marketing course is superb. It has more gems than the crown jewels! - Nickie McBride, Mapua Struggling to grow your business? Want to increase your ... more
  • Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 29 Oct 2018 6:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    A one night only event starting at 6pm, where the expertise of our Japanese teppanyaki chefs will battle dish for dish against our resident Oceano chefs at the Rutherford Hotel Nelson - A Heritage Hotel. For every ... more
  • Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Theatre
    Get your costumes ready. It's back again, Fright Night is bringing the scares to Founders Park for 2018. For youth aged 13-18 You can expect the Dance party to return with Mocktail Bar, Food Carts, a Bigger ... more
  • Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 3 Jun 2018 10:30AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Can you think of anywhere better for a superb Sunday Brunch, than Oceano Panorama Restaurant at Rutherford Hotel Nelson - A Heritage Hotel. Treat yourself and the family to somewhere special – with a special Sunday ... more
  • Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 28 Oct 2018 12:00PM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    A family fun day based on the Mexican festival 'Day of the Dead' with culture, food, and entertainment. Mexican Mariachi, food stalls, arts and crafts, pinatas, face painters, chilli sauce contest and prizes for best Day ... more
  • Rata Room Kitchen, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 13 Sep 2018 6:00PM / Education
    Learn to make Authentic Thai Cuisine in our three course series: - A Taste of Thai – The Secrets of Thai Cuisine 13/09 - A Taste of Thai – The Fragrance of Thai Cuisine 11/10 - A Taste of Thai - The Heat of Thai ... more
  • The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 1 Nov 2018 6:00PM / Country
    Nelson's award-winning heritage venue The Boathouse opens her arms to welcome you all back on board after a lengthy shut due to major storm damage in February. Kiwi legends the Warratahs, supported by Nelson due Dust ... more
  • The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Jazz
    An Invitation to The Boathouse Benefit Benefit Ball From the 1940s The Boathouse has been one of Nelson’s main dance venues. Swing and Sway was the call of the crowd and a band played to a packed dance hall every ... more
  • The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 2 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Country
    Due to public demand a Encore Performance. Celebrating the re opening of the Boathouse! Come along and enjoy the first performance at the newly renovated Boathouse. Local act Dust and Gold will open the ... more
  • Saxton Field Complex, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 1 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Zirka Circus, New Zealand's premium circus, is proud to bring you its 5th tour "La Unica" and it's more spectacular than ever. Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than ten years and ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 17 Nov 2018 6:00PM / Funk
    The Ark 10th Anniversary Ball: A Dogs Disco Party Get on your glad rags and join us for a night of glitz and glamour, as we party like it's 1979 to celebrate 10 years of the Nelson Ark. Ticket includes entry, 3 ... more
  • Riverside Community Cultural Centre, Motueka, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 1 Nov 2018 8:00PM / Theatre
    Neuroscience meets physical theatre... The body's telling of the mind's story. Wherever you go, there is your mind... like a bad smell, or a best friend. Be you lost, found, inspired, wired, confounded, enraptured, ... more
  • Tapawera School, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 9 Nov 2018 4:30PM / Commemorations, Ceremonies
    Over a hundred years ago, men from Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, the West Coast and further a field came to the regional Military Training Camps established at Tapawera at the start of WW1. The Camp beside Tapawera was ... more
  • The Village Theatre, Golden Bay, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Circus
    Unleash your imagination with The Quizzical Mr Jeff, an entrancing solo show by one of New Zealand's most talented new cirque creators. With his playfully perplexing fusion of circus and mime, our debonair ... more
  • The Vines Village, Blenheim, Marlborough
    Sun 4 Nov 2018 5:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Every Song Has A Story sees Greg Johnson in concert for eight shows across New Zealand in October and November - presenting songs, tall stories and images to match. Greg will strip back each song in intimate duo ... more
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