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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

Zirka Circus
Zirka Circus

When: Oct 19 to Oct 28, 07:00 PM to 06:15 PM
Where: Haven Road, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Nelson Fright Night 2018
Nelson Fright Night 2018

When: Oct 27, 08:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Dia De Los Muertos
Dia De Los Muertos

When: Oct 28, 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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

Tiny Ruins - Nelson Arts Festival
Tiny Ruins - Nelson Arts Festival

When: Oct 19, 08:00 PM to 09:50 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Rhian Sheehan: A Quiet Divide - Nelson Arts Festival
Rhian Sheehan: A Quiet Divide - Nelson Arts Festival

When: Oct 20 to Oct 21, 08:00 PM to 09:55 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Maungatapu
Maungatapu

When: Oct 31, 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Zirka Circus
Zirka Circus

When: Nov 1 to Nov 11, 07:00 PM to 06:15 PM
Where: Saxton Road East, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Saxton Field Complex, 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

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YHA Nelson

This brightly-coloured central city hostel brings Nelson's sunny vibes inside as well as out. Enjoy the ample well-appointed common areas on our ground floor, including a large multi-purpose lounge, two spacious kitchens, and vibrant adjoined dining area.

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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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