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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

John Butler Trio, Fly My Pretties, L.A.B. & TrinityRoots
John Butler Trio, Fly My Pretties, L.A.B. & TrinityRoots

When: Mar 2, 02:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Bay Dreams
Bay Dreams

When: Jan 4, 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

New Year's Eve Countdown In the City
New Year's Eve Countdown In the City

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 08:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: Top of Trafalgar Street
Venue: New Year's Eve Countdown In the City Site, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Bryan Adams - Shine A Light Tour
Bryan Adams - Shine A Light Tour

When: Mar 16, 07:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Christmas At the Cathedral
Christmas At the Cathedral

When: Dec 15, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Trafalgar Square, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Christmas for The City
Christmas for The City

When: Dec 16, 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Santa Photos - Richmond Mall
Santa Photos - Richmond Mall

When: Dec 10 to Dec 24, 11:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Richmond Mall, Cnr Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Richmond Mall, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Bay Dreams - Pre-Party
Bay Dreams - Pre-Party

When: Jan 3 to Jan 4, 08:30 PM to 03:00 AM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 3rd ODI
Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 3rd ODI

When: Jan 8, 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: Saxton Road, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Saxton Oval Pavilion, 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

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