Nelson: living the good life

Tucked away at the top of the south, way off State Highway 1, Nelson is a town of 50,000 people...


The sun sets over Nelson city. © George Guille

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi O Whakatu Visit website

Come and experience one of New Zealand's longest established art galleries, set in the beautiful Queens Gardens. Start your exploration of the artistic riches from . . . More . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Nelson

From fine dining to fresh fish, casual cafés, brew bars, raw food or a world of international flavours, you can taste it all in Nelson.  Read the story . . . 

Jens Hansen Contemporary Gold & Silversmith Visit website

We create precious jewellery of uncompromising beauty. All the work is handmade, original and crafted 'to be worn', including The World's Most Famous Ring - . . . More . . . 

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Dawn Chorus Apartment Visit website

Refurbished, quiet self-contained air-conditioned smokefree 1-bedroom apartment/flat (sleeps 4, 2 in sofa bed). Quality and affordable accommodation. Off-street parking, private garden, sundeck with views. . . . More . . . 

From $110
Nelson Auto Rentals Visit website

Locally owned and operated, Nelson Auto Rentals has a small fleet of modern cars, vans, and 4WDs. All vehicles are available 24 hours a day, . . . More . . . 

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Abel Tasman Kayaks Visit website

Abel Tasman Kayaks was established in 1986, realising a vision to bring visitors into the glorious Abel Tasman National Park. Sea kayaking is such a . . . More . . . 

Garden City Helicopters - Nelson Visit website

Nelson is the gateway city to one of New Zealand's most spectacular regions. With three National Parks on the doorstep, Nelson offers visitors a unique . . . More . . . 

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From $115
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Tudor Lodge Motel Visit website

Situated in a prime location, 400m from Tahunanui Beach Nelson, Tudor Lodge Motel combines period-style and modern comfort, offering quality accommodation with all modern facilities, . . . More . . . 

From $115
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Cable Bay Adventure Park Visit website

Cable Bay Adventure Park, 15 minutes from Nelson city, is where you can enjoy one of our immensely popular 4-Wheel Motorbike adventures. . . . More . . . 

Skydive Abel Tasman Visit website

Feel the excitement as you enjoy a scenic flight with stunning views as you climb to altitude over snow-capped mountains, golden beaches and turquoise oceans...paradise. . . . More . . . 

From $44
Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Welcome to Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. As the closest Holiday Park to the pristine northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park where . . . More . . . 

From $44
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Riverlodge Motel Nelson Visit website

Excellent CENTRAL LOCATION - situated in a quiet street but only a 3min stroll to sunny Nelson's bustling town centre with shopping and restaurants, park . . . More . . . 

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From $155
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Rutherford Hotel

Welcome to Nelson: haven for cyclists, art enthusiasts, lovers of craft beer and fine wines, and everyone in between. Located in the geographical centre of . . . More . . . 

From $155
Wilsons Abel Tasman Visit website

Choose from 2 hours to 5 days with cruising, walking, guided sea kayaking and beachfront lodge-stay options. Coach transfers from/to Nelson. . . . More . . . 

From $38
Kaiteriteri Beach Camp Visit website

Kaiteriteri is the destination to experience all year round! Located right on the beach front, we offer a range of accommodation from camping and budget . . . More . . . 

From $38
Old Macdonalds Farm & Holiday Park Visit website

A nature-land setting in Marahau. Tame farm animals and river swimming holes. Old Macdonalds Farm situated on 100 acres is the place to stay. . . . More . . . 

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