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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

Blindspott
Blindspott

When: Oct 9 to Oct 10, 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Mid-Winter Christmas at Rutherford Hotel
Mid-Winter Christmas at Rutherford Hotel

When: Jun 20, 06:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 27 Nile Street West, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The NZ Cider Festival 2020
The NZ Cider Festival 2020

When: Nov 21, 01:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Miyazu - Fite-Night
Miyazu - Fite-Night

When: Jul 6 to Dec 7, 05:45 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 27 Nile Street West, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Ultra 24
Ultra 24

When: Oct 3 to Oct 4, 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 194 Cable Bay Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Cable Bay Adventure Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Introduction to Māori Healing
Introduction to Māori Healing

When: Jul 12, 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Wisdom of Angelic Archetypes with Mira Riddiford
The Wisdom of Angelic Archetypes with Mira Riddiford

When: Jun 4, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 87 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Buddhist Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Backroom Comedy Strikes Back!
Backroom Comedy Strikes Back!

When: Jun 12, 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 75 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Liquid NZ Bar, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Down 'n' Out Speakeasy
Down 'n' Out Speakeasy

When: Jul 18, 09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 1 Rutherford Mews, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Studio One, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Rum and Cocktail Night At Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Rum and Cocktail Night At Rutherford Hotel Nelson

When: Aug 28, 05:45 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 27 Nile Street West, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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