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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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events

Live In The City - Salmonella Dub
Live In The City - Salmonella Dub

When: Jan 30, 02:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Haven Road, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors

When: Jan 29 to Jan 30, 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 16 Hilliard Street, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Isel House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Fleetwood Mac and Elton John Tribute
Fleetwood Mac and Elton John Tribute

When: Jan 30, 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 171 Westdale Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Playhouse Cafe and Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Good Peoples 2021
Good Peoples 2021

When: Feb 13, 02:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Haven Road, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Hoot
Hoot

When: Jan 29, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Tahuna Summer Sounds
Tahuna Summer Sounds

When: Jan 15 to Feb 12, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Beach Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Tahunanui Recreation Reserve, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Bill Bailey - En Route to Normal
Bill Bailey - En Route to Normal

When: Mar 20, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Rise and Energise Morning Yoga with Sue Ransom
Rise and Energise Morning Yoga with Sue Ransom

When: Feb 3 to Mar 10, 09:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Where: 27 Dorset Street, Richmond, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Summer Movies al Fresco - What Really Happened: Waitangi
Summer Movies al Fresco - What Really Happened: Waitangi

When: Feb 6, 09:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Paint & Wine Night - Bob Ross
Paint & Wine Night - Bob Ross

When: Feb 9, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 32c New St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Workshop, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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