About Nelson

Nelson, situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island is a city has a well-deserved reputation for endless sunshine, vibrant local wines and fresh produce and seafood. Rugged  mountains, ancient forests and some of the most well-known national parks in the world are right on its doorstep. You will find the local residents quick with a smile and a helping hand, leaving you wishing you could stay longer. Nelson offers great activities for couples and friends and great attractions for kids, while still having all the amenities a business traveler may require. Some sights and activities not to be missed include:

  • Walk the world famous Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park – one of the Department of Conservation's 'Great Walks'
  • Visit Abel Tasman National Park, renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs and world famous Abel Tasman Coastal Track. This walk is also is one of New Zealand’s premier sea-kayaking destinations. The park contains a unique collection of marine species, and aims to educate about the conservation and preservation of marine reserves
  • Visit Nelson Lakes National Park. Day walkers can follow a network of short tracks, along the way enjoying lake views, birdsong and native beech forest. Serious hikers can strike out for Lake Angelus on a loop that generally takes 3 days, or the Travers-Sabine circuit, which takes about 5 days to complete
  • Fly fish Lake Rotoroa -noted for the legendary brown trout
  • High above the village of St Arnaud is the Rainbow Skifield, which offers a range of terrain for skiers and snowboarders
  • Visit Farewell Spit, New Zealand’s longest sand spit (25 km) and a nature reserve with views to the historic lighthouse. Join the popular Farewell Spit Eco Tour, Gannet Colony Tour or a Wader Watch Tour to view the summer home to over 90 species of birds including Waders, Bar-tailed Godwits, Knots, Curlews, Whimbrels and Turnstones
  • Discover the iconic World of Wearable Art™ and Classic Cars Museum, where a world-class collection of classic cars can be viewed alongside incredible wearable works of art created for the yearly show of the same name
  • Enjoy the charms of days gone by strolling through the character-filled streets, established gardens and charming village greens or take a train ride during the summer months at Founders Historic Park
  • While not exactly the geographical centre of New Zealand, a 20-30 minute walk will take you to the Centre of New Zealand, following any of a number of paths
  • For serious wine connoisseurs and beer enthusiasts, dine and experience cellar-door tastings at some of the twenty-five boutique wineries specialising in aromatic wines. Get together with colleagues and friends over a pint to discover a series of the events, activities and attractions that celebrate the ‘beery best’
  • Only a few minutes walk from the Nelson hotel’s main entry off Nile Street West, South Street is Nelson's oldest street, consisting of 16 working-class cottages built between 1863 and 1867. There is no admission cost to visit the street
  • Join the locals and overdose on retail therapy at the vibrant Saturday Nelson Market. Each week, Montgomery Square car-park fills with vendors offering fresh produce, art, crafts, fashion, food, jewelry, great coffee, delicious food and more
  • If you happen to be here on the rare day when it rains, take the opportunity to visit the Richmond Shopping Mall, only 15 minutes out of the city centre and with free parking
  • Nelson is known for its artist community. View a collection of local, national and international art at the Suter Art Gallery or visual and performance art at the Refinery Artspace Nelson Art Gallery