If you like good food, great coffee or amazing craft beers and fine wine - you're in the right place. Nelson has a great selection of cafes, restaurants, artisan food producers, craft beers and fantastic wines. Or maybe you prefer sitting on the beach eating some of the best fish and chips in the country whilst watching the sun set.
So you have held off until now but perhaps it's time to shop - just a little. Nelson is an arts and crafts hub, one of only a few in NZ. From pottery to beads, glass blowing to art, sculptures to off the wall design in anything, you can get it in Nelson. Wander the galleries or visit the Saturday Market, it's definitely worth it.
Winter is a great time to explore Nelson. Bright and crisp sunny days, the city and all the regional attractions all to yourself. The family friendly and laid back Rainbow ski field is only 90 minutes away. The winter festival is on and the craft beers that the region is so well known for really come into their own in front of the fire at the local pub.
Needing some positive energy? The region hosts some of the coolest festivals around. From music to busking, wine, beer & food, gardening to sustainable living and alternative therapies. You are truly spoilt for choice, year round, winter or summer
Nelson is a popular spot, no doubting that. And there is a good reason for this. There is just so much to do, both for free (check out the free stuff section) and paid activities. From some of the best sea kayaking and sailing in the Abel Tasman National Park, jumping out of aeroplanes (or even flying them) at 16,000 feet, bone carving to bikes...
So your on a budget right. Well your in luck, because in Nelson there is so much free stuff to do that you can have a great time regardless of how much cash is in your back pocket. And remember that at the hostel, the Wifi is free & unlimited. And the chocy pudding (to die for) comes with no charge too!