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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, 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Inspire Festival
Inspire Festival

When: Sep 6 to Sep 7, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 166 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nayland College, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF)
New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF)

When: Aug 8 to Aug 29, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: 91 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Suter Cinema, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Cherry Blossom Festival 2018
Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

When: Sep 23, 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Where: Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Miyazu Gardens, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey
UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey

When: Feb 5, 03:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Stan Walker
Stan Walker

When: Oct 30, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 40 Saxton Road West, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Annesbrook Church, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Valley to View 2018
Valley to View 2018

When: Aug 26, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 194 Cable Bay Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Cable Bay Adventure Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Bay Dreams - Pre-Party
Bay Dreams - Pre-Party

When: Jan 3, 03:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Nelson Pun Battle Championships
The Nelson Pun Battle Championships

When: Aug 25 to May 11, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 146 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Feminist Fables and Women’s War Stories
Feminist Fables and Women’s War Stories

When: Sep 4, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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YHA Nelson

YHA Nelson is a comfortable and popular Qualmark-rated hostel in the heart of sunny Nelson city, close to supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and shops. This family-owned backpackers is comfortable, clean, and secure.

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YHA Golden Bay

YHA Golden Bay is a small, homely hostel set in a beautiful garden in easy walking distance of Takaka's main street restaurants and stores. The easy-going vibe of this backpackers will have you relaxing in no time; enjoy the board games and books in our lounge or spend time in our charming, vibrant outdoor dining area.

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YHA Picton

YHA Picton ,The Villa is a converted 110-year old boutique character home with sun-drenched rooms, gardens and verandas. Located in the centre of town, everything Picton has to offer is right on our doorstep.

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