13 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
2 adults - 1 room
Nelson is a compact coastal city, usually New Zealand's sunniest city with over 2,500 sunshine hours per year. It is the second oldest settled city in New Zealand along with being the oldest in the South Island. Situated at the "Top of the South", the city has a population of approximately 50,000 making it New Zealand’s tenth most populous city. Being the economic and cultural centre for the Nelson-Tasman region, Nelson offers an excellent array of shopping, eating and cultural experiences through an abundance of parks, rivers, beaches and nature trails to explore. The city is renowned for its thriving local art scene, with many events popular with locals and tourists alike being organized here every year. These include the famous Nelson Arts Festival, the annual Wearable Art Awards, with the World of Wearable Art now showcasing winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars. The city's Central Business District (CBD) is bounded by Halifax Street to the north, Rutherford Street to the west, Collingwood Street to the east, and Selwyn Place to the south. Other major streets in the CBD area include Trafalgar Street, Bridge Street and Hardy Street.
Accommodation in Nelson
There is a wide range accommodation options available in Nelson, New Zealand. Depending on the purpose of your travel and the duration of your intended stay, you can choose from a wide array of different options located in different localities offering a range of different prices, amenities and services. There are approximately 88 well-known hotels in and around Nelson. The best ones are located in the CBD, in and around the Riverside and the Anzac Park areas. The rates may vary according to season, but invariably the best time to visit Nelson, to find the most affordable prices, is the Southern winter season, which is between April to October. Some high-end options offering great luxury at competitive rates include, the Hotel Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments, Rutherford Hotel and Trailways Hotel. For budget and mid-range options, you can easily find hotels a little further away from the city. In fact, if you research well, you might even be able to find good deals within the city centre. Decent budget and midrange options include Prince Albert Backpackers Inn, YHA Nelson, The Awaroa Lodge and Café, Blackwoods Retreat, Haulashore Views, Te Puna Wai Lodge, amongst many more.
My favorite town in the South Island! Stayed here during winter. It rained a lot but at least its still warmer compared to the other towns in the S.I.
I had built Nelson up in my mind as some kind of idyllic, relaxed beach town long before I got there - which it's not. There's no beach at all and while there are some wonderful backpackers around, there is little to do in Nelson itself - everything decent is half an hour to an hour away. There are probably many great things about Nelson, but I never could forgive it for not being what I'd anticipated (though this is my own fault!) That said, there are some great easy walks along the river
Great place to visit in Northern South Island region. Close to Able Tasman Park. The region boasts great wineries with wonderful back roads.
I spent a few days in Nelson. It is a cute little town with a bit of an international backpacker scene for all the travelers making their way around the South Island. I stopped here primarily to check out the World of Wearable Art Museum.