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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When: Jun 26, 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: Totara St, Nelson South, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Victory Community Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Mitch James - Bright Blue Skies Tour: SOLD OUT
When: Jun 27 to Jun 28, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Introduction to Harakeke - NZ Flax Weaving
When: Jun 29, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 276 Nayland Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Broadgreen House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Archery Have a Go
When: May 19 to Jul 28, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: 194 Cable Bay Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Archery Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
The Magic In Me Show
When: Jul 12, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
In the Name of Confucius Screening
When: Jun 29, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 91 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: State Cinema, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
When: Jun 28, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Fairfield House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Gameshow of Thrones
When: Jul 5 to Jul 26, 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 3 Halifax St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Mid Winter German Evening
When: Jun 29, 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Harbourlight Bistro, 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.
YHA Golden Bay
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.