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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

Studebaker Car Nationals Display. CANCELLED: CANCELLED
Studebaker Car Nationals Display. CANCELLED: CANCELLED

When: Apr 11, 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Everyday Sourdough with Nicola Galloway
Everyday Sourdough with Nicola Galloway

When: May 19, 06:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 121 Collingwood St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Broccoli Row Cafe, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Jac "A Gathering" Album Release (Nelson)
The Jac "A Gathering" Album Release (Nelson)

When: May 24, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Fairfield House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Twin Hearts Meditation
Twin Hearts Meditation

When: Mar 11 to Apr 1, 06:45 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 81 Achilles Ave, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Community Art Works, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Hatha Yoga In the Heart of Richmond
Hatha Yoga In the Heart of Richmond

When: Feb 26 to Apr 1, 05:45 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 27 Dorset Street, Richmond, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Atawhai Playcentre Market Day: CANCELLED
Atawhai Playcentre Market Day: CANCELLED

When: Apr 5, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 655 Atawhai Crescent, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Atawhai Playcentre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Derailing New Zealand’s Transition to A Low Carbon Economy: POSTPONED
Derailing New Zealand’s Transition to A Low Carbon Economy: POSTPONED

When: Apr 8, 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 235 Haven Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Earth Hub, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour: POSTPONED
Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour: POSTPONED

When: Apr 12, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Wairau Affray: POSTPONED
The Wairau Affray: POSTPONED

When: Apr 15 to Apr 19, 07:00 PM to 08:15 PM
Where: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Nelson Fringe Festival 2020
Nelson Fringe Festival 2020

When: May 1 to May 9, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 3 Halifax St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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