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Nelson - the 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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stories

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events

Nelson Fright Night 2020
Nelson Fright Night 2020

When: Oct 31, 07:45 PM to 10:15 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

TINA Simply The Best
TINA Simply The Best

When: Nov 1, 02:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

An Evening With Marlon Williams
An Evening With Marlon Williams

When: Mar 12, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

October on New Street
October on New Street

When: Oct 1 to Nov 1, 03:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: New St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: New Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Cinderella
Cinderella

When: Dec 14 to Dec 15, 07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Avantdale Bowling Club
Avantdale Bowling Club

When: Oct 31, 08:00 PM to 09:15 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Parihaka and the Whakatū Connection
Parihaka and the Whakatū Connection

When: Nov 5, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents Bach Extended
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents Bach Extended

When: Nov 7, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

New Zealand Army Band Live
New Zealand Army Band Live

When: Nov 12, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ - Pink Ribbon Breakfast
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ - Pink Ribbon Breakfast

When: Oct 31, 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: 55 Muritai St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Tahunanui Community Hub, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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