Nelson

Travel Guide
Nelson

Browse the local arts and crafts markets, explore the countryside, dine on freshly caught seafood or find a spot overlooking the bay and sip a local wine.

Nelson is a small but charming city on the northern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is characterised by quaint old colonial buildings and is known for its thriving arts and crafts scene and sunny weather.

Join locals at the Nelson Market, held every Saturday morning, and browse regional produce and crafts at more than 200 stalls.

Visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum and see some of the most inventive outfits from the Wearable Art Awards hosted in the city until 2004. Car lovers should check out the 100 classic automobiles, including vintage Cadillacs, Jaguars and Buicks, housed in the same complex.

Learn about the history of the area at the Nelson Provincial Museum. Here you’ll find artefacts from the area’s pre-history as well as items and accounts from pioneer settlers.

For more colonial history, make your way to Founders Heritage Park. Enjoy an assortment of historic homes and businesses, an old train and a boutique café and brewery. Move on to the Christ Church Cathedral to see one of the city’s most prominent landmarks.

Art lovers should visit The Suter Art Gallery for a look at a great collection of paintings from both international and New Zealand artists. Take a break and relax in the recreated Japanese landscape at the Miyazu Garden, visit local wineries or even go diving in the Tasman Bay. Travellers with kids will love the Natureland Zoo where you can get up close to wallabies, llamas and several other species.

Many visitors to New Zealand use a rental car to get between destinations, enjoying the spectacular scenery on the way. Nelson is about 6 hours’ drive from Christchurch. You can also fly into the Nelson domestic airport on a connecting flight from other major New Zealand cities.

Nelson is a great little city with some interesting museums and pretty countryside. Admire the work of local artisans, look at heritage buildings or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

The Hotel Nelson
The Hotel Nelson
4 out of 5
40 Waimea Road, Nelson
The price is NZ$100 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
This family-friendly Nelson hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson Market and Queens Gardens. Trafalgar Park ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (682 reviews)
"Great place, kids used the pool most nights, restaurant was superb and well priced. Had a trailer and the staff reserved parking fir us. Very clean and quiet. Will stay again."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

The Hotel Nelson
The Beachcomber Hotel
The Beachcomber Hotel
3.5 out of 5
23 Beach Road, Nelson
The price is NZ$119 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Located in Tahunanui, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Tahunanui Beach Reserve, and within 3 mi (5 km) of World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars and Nelson ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (342 reviews)
"Great staff. Great rooms. Great location."

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

The Beachcomber Hotel
Trailways Hotel Nelson
Trailways Hotel Nelson
4.5 out of 5
66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
The price is NZ$124 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in The Wood, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nelson I-site Visitor Information Centre and Trafalgar Park. Montgomery Square and Nelson ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Good friendly service. Great food in the restaurant"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2021

Trailways Hotel Nelson
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DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
5 out of 5
43-55 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
The price is NZ$115 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in The Wood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trafalgar Park and Nelson I-site Visitor Information Centre. Montgomery Square and Anzac ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,159 reviews)
"Clean modern and great facilities!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
Quest Nelson
Quest Nelson
3.5 out of 5
108-110 Collingwood Street, Nelson
The price is NZ$132 per night from 13 Nov. to 13 Nov.
Located in Nelson City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Gardens, Christ Church Cathedral and Nelson I-site Visitor Information ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (295 reviews)
"This hotel needs sky tv installed. Its the only downside too it. Most motels have sky tv to watch the sports etc."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2021

Quest Nelson
Beaches Nelson
Beaches Nelson
4 out of 5
71 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
The price is NZ$153 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Tahunanui, this golf apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Tahunanui Beach Reserve, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nelson Golf Links and Christ Church ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (125 reviews)
"Great accomodation…have stayed several times and will happily do so again. Handy location and a great steak is available for dinner only 5 mins walk away!!!!"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Beaches Nelson
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