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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

Marchfest 2020
Marchfest 2020

When: Mar 14, 12:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Electric Mundi
Electric Mundi

When: Feb 28, 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 22 New St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: DeVille Cafe & Bar, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Summer Challenge
Summer Challenge

When: Mar 20 to Mar 22, 03:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Where: Paru Paru Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Charlie Porter Quartet
Charlie Porter Quartet

When: Feb 27, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

The Flaming Mudcats, proudly supported by Acoustakatz
The Flaming Mudcats, proudly supported by Acoustakatz

When: Mar 6 to Mar 7, 07:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 32c New St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Workshop, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Kirby Fridays
Kirby Fridays

When: Jan 24 to Apr 3, 04:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 105 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Kirby Lane, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Femme Natale
Femme Natale

When: Feb 28 to Feb 29, 07:30 PM to 09:10 PM
Where: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Tutus On Tour
Tutus On Tour

When: Mar 1 to Mar 2, 06:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Tina Simply The Best
Tina Simply The Best

When: Mar 23, 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Peoples Republic of Improv Comedy Fundraiser
Peoples Republic of Improv Comedy Fundraiser

When: Mar 7, 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 1 Rutherford Mews, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Venue: Studio One, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

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