Nelson battles it out with Blenheim to be New Zealand’s sunniest spot.  Nelson City’s studios, galleries and markets, and easy access to the region’s boating, sea kayaking, mountain biking and fishing attract people all year round.

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 Nelson Marina evening light, Nelson Tasman  Nelson Tasman Tourism
 Cold Water Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



From funky backpackers to luxury lodges and everything in between, Nelson offers an array of affordable, exceptional - often waterfront - accommodation. 

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 Water taxi, Abel Tasman National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



The Nelson region is spoiled for choice when it comes to activities. Three popular national parks are located nearby, offering visitors an array of options.

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What to do in Nelson

  • Buy a Nelson Arts Pass for an in depth art experience
  • Take a trip to the World of Wearable Arts museum and look at the classic cars and clothing
  • Take a stroll on the always popular Tahunanui Beach
  • Visit the weekly Saturday market for some great local buys
  • Explore the three nearby national parks
  • Don't miss the annual Nelson Arts Festival!
  • Visit the official Centre of New Zealand
  • Get the adrenaline pumping at nearby Happy Valley Adventures

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How do you get to Nelson?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Nelson Airport offers frequent and numerous flights to all of the domestic main centres.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Nelson.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Many of New Zealand's national bus networks operate services to Nelson. Several tour companies also include Nelson in their itineraries. Nelson city offers a public bus service Monday – Saturday around the city.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Nelson Airport and Nelson city are both home to a wide range of well-known rental vehicle companies. Car hire pick-ups from the airport should be arranged before your arrival.