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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Landslide - Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show
When: Jan 17 to Jan 18, 08:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 171 Westdale Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Playhouse Cafe & Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Nelson Opera In the Park
When: Feb 15, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Engage Your Brain
When: Jan 21, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 112 Tipahi St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Intermediate School, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
The Nelson Market
When: Jun 22 to Feb 1, 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 1 Montgomery Square, nelson, new zealand, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Montgomery Square, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
When: Mar 14, 12:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Summer Celebration Retro & Vintage Market
When: Jan 19, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 548 Main Rd, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Stoke Memorial Hall, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
When: Jan 24, 08:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Al Fresco Summer Movies - Anne of the Indies
When: Jan 18, 09:00 PM to 10:20 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson South, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Fairfield Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Sunday Beach Yoga
When: Nov 10 to Mar 22, 08:00 AM to 09:15 AM
Where: Beach Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
YHA Nelson is a comfortable, central backpacker hostel next to the popular Nelson Markets. Enjoy our garden, BBQ area, and well-equipped communal areas.
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YHA Golden Bay is found in the small town of Takaka where a vibrant and bare-foot culture awaits you. This backpacker hostel is ideally located just off the main road, close to the heart of the town.
A family-owned backpacker hostel, YHA Picton The Villa has everything on its doorstep; diving, kayaking, walks, or of course, a ferry ride to the North Island.