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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)
A Culinary Experience Luxury Bed And Breakfast - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.80 60 Reviews
Atawhai, Nelson
0800891886
A Culinary Experience Luxury Bed And Breakfast offers suites with free Wi-Fi, a private balcony and an iPod docking station. There is a hot tub, a sunny terrace and a shared lounge offering panoramic water views. Guests enjoy a free glass of wine, home-baked goods and appetizers each eveni... (more)
A Room with a View - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
10.00 1 Reviews
Moana, Nelson
An elevated, quiet, beach apartment with expansive sea and mountain views handy to Nelson City and Tahunanui Beach. Owner is a ceramic artist. Up to 10 restaurants and fast food outlets within walking distance. ... (more)
A Woodsy House - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
8.60 106 Reviews
The Wood, Nelson
035468770
A Woodsy House features panoramic views of the port, sea, hills and city from the garden patio and the balcony. A 3-minute drive from central Nelson, it offers free parking and free Wi-Fi access. The heated guest rooms feature antiques, quality bedding and TV. The private bathroom comes... (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)
Ah House Accommodation - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
10.00 78 Reviews
Nelson, Nelson
035467211
Ah House Accommodation, a unique bed & breakfast or self catering experience in the heart of Nelson city centre, New Zealand. Set in the leafy streets behind the cathedral, we are in easy access to everything from cafes, restaurants, the airport to all the local National Parks, Abel Tas... (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)
AMBER HOUSE - at the centre - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
7.60 61 Reviews
The Wood, Nelson
035390605
Central, clean, quiet; easy parking. Wi-Fi + delicious breakfasts. SPACIOUS en suite bedrooms, double glazed for a restful night - most with TWO Queen beds + air conditioning. We also have a Budget room available on the ground floor without air-conditioning but with double-glazing, two ... (more)
Ambleside Luxury Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.80 151 Reviews
Wakatu, Nelson
0800306555
Just 7 minutes’ drive from Tahunanui Beach, Ambleside Villa offers accommodation with beautiful garden views, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. It features a hot tub, a sunny terrace and barbecue facilities. Guests can relax in the lounge, which features flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD ... (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)
Annick House Bed and Breakfast - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.60 45 Reviews
Nelson, Nelson
035480554
Offering free bike hire, free WiFi and free parking, Annick House Bed and Breakfast is located in Nelson. Complimentary breakfast is included. Annick House B&B is a 5-minute drive from Trafalgar Park and an 11-minute drive from both World of Wearable Art and Collectable Car Museum. Y... (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)
Arapiki Self-contained Homestay Units - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
Stoke, Nelson
Enjoy a relaxing holiday in the midst of your trip. Two quality self-contained smoke-free units in our centrally located home each cater for couples and offer comfort and privacy in an attractive garden setting. There is off-street parking and free Wi-Fi available. ... (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)
Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.80 168 Reviews
Nelson, Nelson
035402925
Atholwood is a unique, luxury retreat offering you serenity in comfort and style. 5-star and enviro-bronze accredited luxury accommodation with bed and breakfast, apartment and self-contained cottage overlooking the beautiful Waimea Estuary in Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand. Let the outside... (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)
Baywick Inn Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Nelson New Zealand
9.50 136 Reviews
Nelson, Nelson
035456514
This elegantly restored bed and breakfast, originally built in 1885, is in a quiet location along the Maitai River, just a 5-minute walk from the centre of Nelson. Free bicycle rentals and free Wi-Fi are included. Guests at the Baywick Inn can relax in the sitting room with cosy firepla... (more)
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  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 9:00PM / Comedy
    Incredible international comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Pretending Things are a Cock, Fire in the Meth Lab) has done plenty for his parents to be proud of. A multi-award winning performer and a powerhouse of guts ... more
  • Creative Industries Building, NMIT , Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 7:00PM / Mind & Body
    Presentations on Friday 27 April: 7 pm - Depression... There is Hope! 8 pm - Neuroplasticity - The Brain's Remarkable Ability to Change Presentation on Saturday 28 April: 2 pm - Epigenetics - How Changing your ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 10:15PM / Electronica
    Gold Medal Famous is a three-piece electro-pop band recognised for their outspokenness and singular style. Chris Wilson founded GMF in 2008 and the band line up has stayed the same since 2010. The band’s songs don’t ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 8:00PM / Theatre
    a. (theater) Performing without a script; from memory; by improvisation, extempore. It’s opening night of a new play… Take Nelson's premier improvised theatre ensemble; add one well know Nelsonian playwright ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 5:00PM / Theatre
    One g is the acceleration due to gravity at the Earth's surface. Free fall is any motion of a body where gravity is the only force acting upon it. Air Resistance is futile in this expedient dismantling of being ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 6:00PM / Comedy
    To the Citizens of Nelson, Having been outright killed by a French musket ball to the spine some 200 years ago, I have quietly, and with some embarrassment, observed many honours and public erections dedicated to my ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 7:30PM / Comedy
    "The only way to have a friend is to be one." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Katherine Weaver, Laura Irish and Brendon Bennetts have connected in life from 3 different continents through the power of improv. Their fast and ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 9:00PM / Comedy
    Aaron Jelley invites you into the minds of five artists, each coping with their own grief... to varying success. Failed careers, failed relationships, failed dreams- everyday disappointments catapult these disparate ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 1:00PM / Education
    Observation is one of the fundamental skills of every improvisor and actor: if we don’t notice what is happening around us, then we can’t respond to it. In this workshop Brendon will help you realise that inspiration ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 9:00PM / Comedy
    Have you ever wanted to try Stand-Up Comedy? Of course you have! Why wouldn't you?! Sir Cedric doesn't know if he ever wanted to be a Stand-Up Comic but it's happened. He's walked out of the wilderness and found himself ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 10:15PM / Comedy
    Terry Williams is a veteran internationally in-demand comedian and MC. He's not crude. He's no clown. Terry Williams is a clever humorist. Terry is equally at home performing in pubs ‘n’ clubs as he is at upmarket ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 9:00PM / Comedy
    A one woman comedy performed by Shakespearean actress Katie Boyle, sets up an old lady in the least likely environment. Patricia Goldsack, known as Pat to her friends and lovers, has toured New Zealand for the last 4 ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 7:30PM / Comedy
    Two men have spent their whole life in a room doing the same thing. One light. One button. All of a sudden, messages start appearing. They begin questioning everything they know. Will their bonds break? Or will they stay ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 6:00PM / Theatre
    Elijah Scowcroft (ten years old) plays Kevin McCallister in this manic stage version of the classic 90's Christmas film, Home Alone. The rest of the cast of comedic improvisers will scramble for scripts and parts (only ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 1:00PM / Education
    As an X-Generation individual, I’ve had a lifetime of listening to a wide range of music including Dance, Trance, Acid house, Hip-hop, Grunge, Dub, Punk & other club music. As I approach 50 years of age I still have ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 30 Apr 2018 9:00PM / Comedy
    Internationally award-winning storyteller, comedian and essentially full-time backpacker, Jon Bennett, is back in Nelson with his most popular show. Pretending Things are a Cock is the product of Bennett’s three years ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 30 Apr 2018 6:00PM / Comedy
    A deliciously silly spy spoof! The cold war hangs over Europe like a bad smell. Jean, a talented and highly respected brassiere maker pays this little heed as she immerses herself in her work. That is, until a mysterious ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 30 Apr 2018 7:30PM / Comedy
    Deep South Caesar pokes some light fun at the stereotype of classical kiwi masculinity - and a little bit at 'toxic masculinity' in general. Settle in for a good old yarn, as our questionable hero Greg tells you some ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 30 Apr 2018 9:00AM / Education
    Do you love the Supernatural? If so, this is the workshop for you! In this workshop, students will play with the supernatural and explore playing characters like vampires, demons, and fairies. Learning how to make ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Mon 30 Apr 2018 1:00PM / Education
    Experience a short storytelling performance with a Q&A and special guests followed by a workshop by professional touring comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Fire in the Meth Lab, Pretending Things are a Cock, How I ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 1 May 2018 9:00PM / Comedy
    Wellington comedian Rhian Wood-Hill takes a lot of gambles. Embarking on a 500-mile walking tour across in the height of Australian summer, for example. But sometimes he knows what he’s doing: On stage and at the poker ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 1 May 2018 7:30PM / Theatre
    You see a Dwarf. What do you do? Option 1: Greet the Dwarf. Option 2: Insult the Dwarf. Option 3: Ignore the Dwarf. Coming toNelson Fringe 2018 is a choice based adventure by Kenneth Gaffney ... more
  • Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 1 May 2018 6:00PM / Theatre
    Local youth will be given a brief to tell their stories, moments in their lives and/or visions of the future. They may use any medium they feel fits. Dance, Poetry, Photography, Film, Song, Circus, and theatre will fuse ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 1 May 2018 1:00PM / Education
    Run away to the circus and come and learn how to juggle or hula hoop! With expert instructions from real life circus performers, you'll learn some awesome skills and have a lot of fun at the same time. Using tried and ... more
  • Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
    Tue 1 May 2018 9:00AM / Education
    In this workshop, Improvisors will be challenged to let go of their own habits and leap into the unknown. Sometimes it can be hard to see our own habits and we can feel like we are hitting a ceiling of our own ... more
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