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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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  • Paradox, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 14 Dec 2018 9:00PM / Alternative, Indie
    Shag Rock and Albion Place are like long lost brothers meeting for the first time and finding out one likes marmite and the other likes vegemite. Similar on the surface, but both bringing something completely different ... more
  • Fairfield House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Wed 19 Dec 2018 7:00PM / Jazz
    Antipodes are a group of some extremely fine NZ and AU musicians writing original jazz music blurring the lines between art music and more traditional forms of jazz as folk music. The unique trans-tasman amalgamation of ... more
  • Malbas Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 3 Jan 2019 9:00PM / Electronica
    Sigma (DJ Set) With support from: - Aroha - RYDR - Local support We’re pumped to have Sigma in Nelson this January for what will be one hell of a night. Earlybirds are now onsale from $30. Sigma As a ... more
  • Malbas Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 28 Dec 2018 9:00PM / Electronica
    Cream & George FM are stoked to Present Fred V & Grafix. With Support from RYDR, Zero and local support. Join us for a intimate show at Malbas with Drum & Bass royality from the UK. Tickets are now on ... more
  • Malbas Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Wed 2 Jan 2019 9:00PM / Electronica
    With support from: Uber Driver (121 Wellington) & Rydr (CHCH). This will be a night of four to the floor with two of New Zealands best house and techno exports alongside tough support. Chaos In The CBD Perhaps ... more
  • Paradox, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 29 Dec 2018 8:00PM / Rock
    After 14 years Mother Guru are returning to their beloved hometown, Nelson New Zealand, for a one off reunion show this summer. Mother Guru - set their roots in Nelson after forming at the Nelson School of Music and ... more
  • Wakatu Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 30 Nov 2018 8:00PM / Socials, Singles, Balls
    Do you want to practice more Spanish? to socialize with Latinos and get into the Spanish culture? keen to discover your inner Latino? What is this? From now on you can do it at Latino Corner, we will get together the ... more
  • The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 3 Jan 2019 7:30PM / Jazz
    Three vocalists and one quartet at the Boathouse: Kate Taylor, Tessa Quayle and Trudi Wilson, supported by the accomplished Tom Rainey Quartet, with Bob Heinz (guitar), Brad Grainger (double bass) and Mark Lockett ... more
  • The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 11 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Folk
    The Frank Burkitt Band return to Nelson as part of their 30 date 'Lost but Alive' NZ Tour. Frank is a storyteller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more ... more
  • The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Wed 2 Jan 2019 7:30PM / Jazz
    International recording artist Geoff Culverwell (horns) and master musicians, Paul Dyne (double bass), Nick van Dijk (keys) and Dez Mallon (drums) present a night of sublime jazz that you don't want to miss. Geoff ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 31 Dec 2018 6:00PM / Bar DJs
    Monday 31st December: The Best 1980s New Years Eve Ever! $50 includes 2 course Buffet from 6pm. Includes a table for the night. Relive the glory days and Wake me up before you go, because with or without you, we'll ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 12 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Rock
    Topline Entertainment are proud to present for the first time in New Zealand, direct from Los Angeles, performing with a full live band. The worlds number one David Bowie Tribute Show:David Brighton's Space ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Wed 2 Jan 2019 6:00PM / Theatre
    Wednesday 2nd January: One Wedding and a Murder Mystery $15pp, Dinner from 6pm, Show starts at 8pm, Massive $35 2 course gourmet buffet. You are invited to the wedding of year! An exclusive affair reserved for the ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 4 Jan 2019 6:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Friday 4th January: Johnny Cash Tribute Night and Legends of Country $20pp, Dinner from 6pm, Show starts at 8pm, $35 2 course gourmet buffet. The man in black returns to the Playhouse stage for a night of walking ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 5 Jan 2019 6:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Saturday 5th January: Fleetwood Mac Tribute and All-star Show $20pp, Dinner from 6pm, Show starts at 8pm, $35 2 course gourmet buffet. Join Craig Alott and crew for a night of the very best of Fleetwood Mac and much ... more
  • The Playhouse, Waimea, Nelson / Tasman
    Thu 3 Jan 2019 6:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Thursday 3rd January: Paul Madsens Super Star Show $25pp, Dinner from 6pm, Show starts at 8pm, $35 2 course gourmet buffet. The ever entertaining Paul Madsen plays all the favorites, BeeGees, Queens, The Eagles, ... more
  • Motueka Memorial Hall, Motueka, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 4 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Variety Concerts
    "Not just another bloody circus" Following soldout shows in Auckland, Circus of Horror is coming to Motueka for the New Year. This is a circus comedy show with a horror theme. Featuring aerial acts, juggling, ... more
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