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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

Onward - A Decade of Devilskin
Onward - A Decade of Devilskin

When: Oct 6, 06:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

New Zealand International Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival

When: Aug 7 to Aug 28, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: 91 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Suter Cinema, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

City Council: The Improv Show
City Council: The Improv Show

When: Sep 6 to Sep 27, 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 1 Rutherford Mews, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Studio One, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Nelson Grand Winter Wine Tasting
Nelson Grand Winter Wine Tasting

When: Aug 28, 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The NZ Cider Festival 2019
The NZ Cider Festival 2019

When: Nov 16, 01:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Official Nelson Wine Tasting 2019
The Official Nelson Wine Tasting 2019

When: Sep 24, 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Bay Dreams
Bay Dreams

When: Jan 4, 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

A Night At The Opera: Nelson Civic Choir & Nelson City Brass
A Night At The Opera: Nelson Civic Choir & Nelson City Brass

When: Aug 24, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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

When: Oct 18, 05:45 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 27 Nile Street West, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Valley To View 2019
Valley To View 2019

When: Aug 25, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 194 Cable Bay Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Cable Bay Adventure Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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