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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

Pic’s Piki Mai - Nelson Arts Festival
Pic’s Piki Mai - Nelson Arts Festival

When: Oct 18 to Oct 28, 09:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: Trafalgar Street
Venue: Church Steps, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Nelson Fright Night
Nelson Fright Night

When: Nov 1, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The NZ Cider Festival 2019
The NZ Cider Festival 2019

When: Nov 16, 01:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Pole Stars NZ Competition 2019
Pole Stars NZ Competition 2019

When: Oct 26, 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 171 Westdale Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Playhouse Cafe & Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Pitch Black - Nelson Arts Festival
Pitch Black - Nelson Arts Festival

When: Oct 25, 09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Trafalgar Street
Venue: Cathedral Steps, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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

Summer Challenge
Summer Challenge

When: Mar 20 to Mar 22, 03:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Nelson Farmers Market
Nelson Farmers Market

When: Mar 6 to Feb 26, 08:30 AM to 01:30 PM
Where: 105 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Kirby Lane, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Smugglers Spring 5km Run & Walk
Smugglers Spring 5km Run & Walk

When: Oct 2 to Oct 30, 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 8 Muritai St, Tahunanui, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Smugglers Pub, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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