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Nelson - Sunshine capital of New Zealand

Nelson is known for its great weather, proximity to all kinds of outdoor activities, laid-back vibes, and craft beer scene. You'd be silly not to visit!

The centre of town is a delightful place to go for a stroll, and the well-known Farmers Market is a Saturday morning must-do, located just behind YHA Nelson. The region is full of great orchards and vineyards so we recommend sampling some of the local produce.

Wander up to the Centre of New Zealand monument, or grab your bike to make the most of the excellent mountain biking trails in the area.

at a glance

Best known for

having NZ's most sunshine hours

Did you know:

The One Ring was crafted in Nelson!

Don't leave without

visiting a local winery

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events

Bay Dreams
Bay Dreams

When: Jan 4, 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour
Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour

When: Apr 12, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Christmas Day Dining At Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Christmas Day Dining At Rutherford Hotel Nelson

When: Dec 25, 12:45 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 27 Nile Street West, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Developing Brain - Nelson
The Developing Brain - Nelson

When: Jan 21, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 112 Tipahi St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Intermediate School, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Christmas Journey
The Christmas Journey

When: Dec 13 to Dec 15, 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 452 Lower Queen St, Richmond, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Headingly Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Marchfest 2020
Marchfest 2020

When: Mar 14, 12:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

A Baroque Christmas
A Baroque Christmas

When: Dec 17, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Trafalgar Square, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Tahuna Summer Sounds
Tahuna Summer Sounds

When: Jan 10 to Jan 17, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Beach Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Nelson Opera In the Park
Nelson Opera In the Park

When: Feb 15, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show

When: Jan 17 to Jan 18, 08:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 171 Westdale Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Playhouse Cafe & Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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