Nelson

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Nelson

Experience the parks, cafes and beaches in Nelson!

Cafes, beaches and sights from Montgomery Square to Nelson Market—discover it all in 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.

Trailways Hotel Nelson
Trailways Hotel Nelson
4.5 out of 5
66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, 7010
The price is NZ$119 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Nelson. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Staff were excellent , Food Quality great, Rooms comfortable"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2022

Trailways Hotel Nelson
The Beachcomber Hotel
The Beachcomber Hotel
3.5 out of 5
23 Beach Road, Nelson, 7010
The price is NZ$132 per night from 30 Jun. to 1 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Nelson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (387 reviews)
"Great location, huge room. Would stay again"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2022

The Beachcomber Hotel
DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
5 out of 5
43-55 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, 7010
The price is NZ$124 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Nelson. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,187 reviews)
"Excellent rooms. We stayed an extra night and move to a 1 bedroom apartment This was an excellent upgrade with good facilities"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2022

DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
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DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
5 out of 5
43-55 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, 7010
The price is NZ$124 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Nelson. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,187 reviews)
"Excellent rooms. We stayed an extra night and move to a 1 bedroom apartment This was an excellent upgrade with good facilities"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2022

DeLorenzo's Studio Apartments
Quest Nelson
Quest Nelson
3.5 out of 5
108-110 Collingwood Street, Nelson, 7010
The price is NZ$132 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Nelson. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (309 reviews)
"very convenient location"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2022

Quest Nelson
Beaches Nelson
Beaches Nelson
4 out of 5
71 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson, 7001
The price is NZ$159 per night from 20 Jul. to 21 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Nelson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (134 reviews)
"Friendly staff, and a neat clean environment."

Reviewed on 4 Jun. 2022

Beaches Nelson
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