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Guidebook for Nelson

Food Scene
Delicious fish, chips and burgers. Even their vegetarian burger is scrumptious! Perfect to eat at Tahunanui Beach watching the sunset.
Milton Street Gourmet Takeaway & Cafe
136 Milton St
Delicious fish, chips and burgers. Even their vegetarian burger is scrumptious! Perfect to eat at Tahunanui Beach watching the sunset.
The best Indian Restaurant in town! Dine in or takeaway. Eating at the famous Free House (once an old Church, now a quirky pub- a portal for the multitude of craft beers being created all over New Zealand.) over a pint is a good way to finish off the day. The Indian Café is housed in a little yellow bungalow on Collingwood Street. Open since 2002, it wasn’t the first Indian restaurant in Nelson but these days it’s considered one of the best, with locals filling the dining room pretty much every night of the week. It’s not hard to see why this place is so popular, the food is delicious and each dish is prepared using the freshest of ingredients. All curries are gluten free and there are pl
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The Indian Cafe
94 Collingwood St
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The best Indian Restaurant in town! Dine in or takeaway. Eating at the famous Free House (once an old Church, now a quirky pub- a portal for the multitude of craft beers being created all over New Zealand.) over a pint is a good way to finish off the day. The Indian Café is housed in a little yellow bungalow on Collingwood Street. Open since 2002, it wasn’t the first Indian restaurant in Nelson but these days it’s considered one of the best, with locals filling the dining room pretty much every night of the week. It’s not hard to see why this place is so popular, the food is delicious and each dish is prepared using the freshest of ingredients. All curries are gluten free and there are pl
The recently reopened East Street Vegetarian Café could be the most chilled-out hang-out spot in Nelson. In the main dining room, there’s a little stage where acoustic singer-songwriters perform. In the large garden out back, one wall is taken up by a colourful mural painted by an American artist. Staff are friendly and welcoming, the coffee is great and the meals are healthy and inventive. Vegetarians and meat lovers paradise with an electric bohemian decor. Occasionally fantastic music is also playing here.
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East St Cafe, Restaurant and Bar
335 Trafalgar Square
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The recently reopened East Street Vegetarian Café could be the most chilled-out hang-out spot in Nelson. In the main dining room, there’s a little stage where acoustic singer-songwriters perform. In the large garden out back, one wall is taken up by a colourful mural painted by an American artist. Staff are friendly and welcoming, the coffee is great and the meals are healthy and inventive. Vegetarians and meat lovers paradise with an electric bohemian decor. Occasionally fantastic music is also playing here.
When you take a concept as potentially classy as an oyster bar, whack a Michelin-trained chef – who’s worked with such notable kitchen wizards as Marco Pierre White and Gary Rhodes, by the way – out the back, and then set it in the Garden of Eden that is Nelson… Well, it was only going to end up going one way. Obviously the food is spectacularly fresh and inventive.
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Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery
278 Hardy St
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When you take a concept as potentially classy as an oyster bar, whack a Michelin-trained chef – who’s worked with such notable kitchen wizards as Marco Pierre White and Gary Rhodes, by the way – out the back, and then set it in the Garden of Eden that is Nelson… Well, it was only going to end up going one way. Obviously the food is spectacularly fresh and inventive.
Hopgood’s is considered one of Nelson’s best restaurants, and it’s clear why it’s gained this reputation. The food is of a very high calibre, and comes out as fast as you want it to really. The staff are attentive and gauge your mood, so that if you’re lingering over something you don’t have to worry about them scooting over and rushing you. Conversely, if you’ve just hoovered up the Angus fillet in about 38 seconds, you’re not left waiting an eternity for the chocolate mousse to arrive. Although, when you’ve tried the chocolate mousse once, any time longer than three seconds is going to feel like an eternity the next time you order it. It’s out of this world.
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Hopgoods Restaurant
284 Trafalgar St
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Hopgood’s is considered one of Nelson’s best restaurants, and it’s clear why it’s gained this reputation. The food is of a very high calibre, and comes out as fast as you want it to really. The staff are attentive and gauge your mood, so that if you’re lingering over something you don’t have to worry about them scooting over and rushing you. Conversely, if you’ve just hoovered up the Angus fillet in about 38 seconds, you’re not left waiting an eternity for the chocolate mousse to arrive. Although, when you’ve tried the chocolate mousse once, any time longer than three seconds is going to feel like an eternity the next time you order it. It’s out of this world.
This is decadence. This is wedding anniversary material, or the sort of gaff where you drop a knee and pop the big one. Lobster, truffle fries and cocktails with locally distilled gin are just a few of the delights that are in store for you when you walk into this tastefully decorated restaurant. It’s always worth gambling on the fish du jour – not really a gamble at all, as it’s always going to be great – or getting the fish platter for sharing on a date. This place is a sure-fire way to impress someone with your excellent taste in restaurants. It’s fine dining at its best.
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Cod & Lobster Brasserie
300 Trafalgar St
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This is decadence. This is wedding anniversary material, or the sort of gaff where you drop a knee and pop the big one. Lobster, truffle fries and cocktails with locally distilled gin are just a few of the delights that are in store for you when you walk into this tastefully decorated restaurant. It’s always worth gambling on the fish du jour – not really a gamble at all, as it’s always going to be great – or getting the fish platter for sharing on a date. This place is a sure-fire way to impress someone with your excellent taste in restaurants. It’s fine dining at its best.
Situated in what was a garden centre back in the 1970's and 80's, most of the cafe is in an enclosed courtyard with some inside tables in a cosy space next to the counter and kitchens. I love Deville's atmosphere - all kinds of Nelsonians and tourists come in for a coffee and their excellent food. Their date scones are big, full of dates and delicious, especially if you come in early when they are just out of the oven. Another favourite is the Caesar Salad. It is occasionally also a music venue at night. Deville can't be beaten as one of Nelsons many gems.
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DeVille
22 New St
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Situated in what was a garden centre back in the 1970's and 80's, most of the cafe is in an enclosed courtyard with some inside tables in a cosy space next to the counter and kitchens. I love Deville's atmosphere - all kinds of Nelsonians and tourists come in for a coffee and their excellent food. Their date scones are big, full of dates and delicious, especially if you come in early when they are just out of the oven. Another favourite is the Caesar Salad. It is occasionally also a music venue at night. Deville can't be beaten as one of Nelsons many gems.
Morri Street Café is very popular spot & enjoyable cafe atmosphere in the heart of the city. Perfect for brunch, lunch or/ and a coffee and cake. It isan iconic local destination where they rely heavily on independent producers from the Nelson Tasman region. Oaklands Milk, Fresh As Bakery, Craft Paté, Willow Creek Farm, Kakariki Olives, Cranky Goat & Wakefield Butchery are just a few of their excellent suppliers.
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Morri Street
244 Hardy St
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Morri Street Café is very popular spot & enjoyable cafe atmosphere in the heart of the city. Perfect for brunch, lunch or/ and a coffee and cake. It isan iconic local destination where they rely heavily on independent producers from the Nelson Tasman region. Oaklands Milk, Fresh As Bakery, Craft Paté, Willow Creek Farm, Kakariki Olives, Cranky Goat & Wakefield Butchery are just a few of their excellent suppliers.
A delightful, character filled and charming cafe by the riverside. Lovely restored cottage caters well for the cafe set. Good chai tea on almond milk and a choice of legal treats including the nut and seed slice that is vegan. Friendly helpful service with indoor and outdoor seating.
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7010 CAFE
15 Ajax Ave
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A delightful, character filled and charming cafe by the riverside. Lovely restored cottage caters well for the cafe set. Good chai tea on almond milk and a choice of legal treats including the nut and seed slice that is vegan. Friendly helpful service with indoor and outdoor seating.
A tasteful and relaxing place to start off your day with a morning coffee in the heart of Nelson city on Trafalgar Street.
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Ford's Restaurant and Bar
276 Trafalgar St
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A tasteful and relaxing place to start off your day with a morning coffee in the heart of Nelson city on Trafalgar Street.
Drinks & Nightlife
Bar and music venue with a unique atmosphere. Funky, jazz atmosphere with dim lighting creating a lovely ambience.
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Rhythm and Brown
19 New St
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Bar and music venue with a unique atmosphere. Funky, jazz atmosphere with dim lighting creating a lovely ambience.
Once an old church, now a quirky pub- a portal for the multitude of craft beers being created all over New Zealand. There is limited space in the characterful historical interior but many places to sit outside in the sun over a pint of beer. Basic menu is available + takeaways is also welcome there.
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The Free House Pub
95 Collingwood Street
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Once an old church, now a quirky pub- a portal for the multitude of craft beers being created all over New Zealand. There is limited space in the characterful historical interior but many places to sit outside in the sun over a pint of beer. Basic menu is available + takeaways is also welcome there.
The Prince Albert Restaurant and Bar is literally 5min walk from the AirBNB. Perfect for a pint in a peaceful atmosphere inside and out of an old neighbourhood pub.
The Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar
The Prince Albert Restaurant and Bar is literally 5min walk from the AirBNB. Perfect for a pint in a peaceful atmosphere inside and out of an old neighbourhood pub.
Great little tucked away bar but well worth a little extra effort to findwith a great variety of boutique beers changing weekly with good whiskey selection. They also have BBQ evenings. Everything they pour they also sell being a great selection of NZ's and overseas best craft beers.
Craft Beer Depot
70 Achilles Ave
Great little tucked away bar but well worth a little extra effort to findwith a great variety of boutique beers changing weekly with good whiskey selection. They also have BBQ evenings. Everything they pour they also sell being a great selection of NZ's and overseas best craft beers.
Lovely chilled atmosphere and exceptional service with the best Margaritas .
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Harrys Nelson Restaurant & Bar
296 Trafalgar St
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Lovely chilled atmosphere and exceptional service with the best Margaritas .
Parks & Nature
The Centre of New Zealand is so named as it was a central survey point in the 1800s. Start the Botanical Hill walk at the Reserve, where the first ever rugby game was played in New Zealand. From here, there are a couple of options to take you to the top where you will enjoy spectacular views over Nelson Tasman. Inspect the native plants or catch your breath on the platform seating. 20-60 minute walk depending on your age. From the summit, descend via one of Botanical Hill's other tracks. Or you extend your walk further by heading down the eastern side toward Branford Park to the Black Hole swimming hole and return via the Maitai Track. In the summer, take your togs to go for a swim.
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Centre of New Zealand Monument
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The Centre of New Zealand is so named as it was a central survey point in the 1800s. Start the Botanical Hill walk at the Reserve, where the first ever rugby game was played in New Zealand. From here, there are a couple of options to take you to the top where you will enjoy spectacular views over Nelson Tasman. Inspect the native plants or catch your breath on the platform seating. 20-60 minute walk depending on your age. From the summit, descend via one of Botanical Hill's other tracks. Or you extend your walk further by heading down the eastern side toward Branford Park to the Black Hole swimming hole and return via the Maitai Track. In the summer, take your togs to go for a swim.
There is a map at the start of the many entrances. The closest entrance to the track from this AirBnB is 12min away through a residential area full of historical homes at the end of Collingwood Street. A moderately hard walk up through the hills that form Nelson's backdrop. The Grampians are the big rolling hills behind Nelson, with pockets of regenerating native vegetation and exotic trees. Time: 45 - 70 minute walk (longer options available)
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Grampians Reserve
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There is a map at the start of the many entrances. The closest entrance to the track from this AirBnB is 12min away through a residential area full of historical homes at the end of Collingwood Street. A moderately hard walk up through the hills that form Nelson's backdrop. The Grampians are the big rolling hills behind Nelson, with pockets of regenerating native vegetation and exotic trees. Time: 45 - 70 minute walk (longer options available)
A river with so many options! A walking track through town stopping at 7010 Cafe (31 Collingwood Street) or River Kitchen Cafe ( 81 Trafalgar St) as you make your way to town.
Maitai Walkway
77 Trafalgar St
A river with so many options! A walking track through town stopping at 7010 Cafe (31 Collingwood Street) or River Kitchen Cafe ( 81 Trafalgar St) as you make your way to town.
Following the peaceful Maitai River and its luscious green surroundings with a playground, field, swimming holes (25min walk away- 10min drive with car to swimming holes) and a new ending walking and biking track out into the Maitai Valley crossing farmlands, forests while following the river.
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Maitai River
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Following the peaceful Maitai River and its luscious green surroundings with a playground, field, swimming holes (25min walk away- 10min drive with car to swimming holes) and a new ending walking and biking track out into the Maitai Valley crossing farmlands, forests while following the river.
Beautiful and relaxing sandy Tahunanui Beach is a scenic waterfront 15min drive away along the State Highway 6. The long and big beach is perfect for paddle boarding, kitesurfing, boogy boarding, volley ball, bbq, playground, cafe or simply relaxing and swimming. The view is spectacular looking out towards rolling hills with Golden Bay on the other side.
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Tahunanui Beach
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Beautiful and relaxing sandy Tahunanui Beach is a scenic waterfront 15min drive away along the State Highway 6. The long and big beach is perfect for paddle boarding, kitesurfing, boogy boarding, volley ball, bbq, playground, cafe or simply relaxing and swimming. The view is spectacular looking out towards rolling hills with Golden Bay on the other side.
Rabbit Island is a reserve made up of beaches, forest's, BBQ's, biking and walking spots. Rabbit Island is a great stop off on your way to or from Mapua.
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Rabbit Island
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Rabbit Island is a reserve made up of beaches, forest's, BBQ's, biking and walking spots. Rabbit Island is a great stop off on your way to or from Mapua.
Natural sand formation. A beautiful walk and resting place. A internationally-renowned walk along the Nelson Te Pokohiwi/Boulder Bank is an opportunity not to be missed. The 8 km walk, from Boulder Bank Drive to 'The Cut', takes 2-3 hours one way. It is a natural spit of boulders, formed of the debris of land slips from the Mackay Bluffs, swept southwards by sea currents over 10,000 years. History and culture Māori camped on the bank and fished there. They used boulders from the bank - some up to 50 kg - to hammer the rough forms of stone tools from quarries in the nearby hills. The shelter offered by Te Pokohiwi/Boulder Bank was a major factor in choosing the site of Nelson. In 1848 a beacon was erected near the end of the bank and, in 1862, the cast iron lighthouse building that remains today. In 1906 a cut was made in the bank to allow easier passage to Nelson Harbour for shipping. 'The Cut' now separates Haulashore Island from the bank.
Boulder Bank Drive
Natural sand formation. A beautiful walk and resting place. A internationally-renowned walk along the Nelson Te Pokohiwi/Boulder Bank is an opportunity not to be missed. The 8 km walk, from Boulder Bank Drive to 'The Cut', takes 2-3 hours one way. It is a natural spit of boulders, formed of the debris of land slips from the Mackay Bluffs, swept southwards by sea currents over 10,000 years. History and culture Māori camped on the bank and fished there. They used boulders from the bank - some up to 50 kg - to hammer the rough forms of stone tools from quarries in the nearby hills. The shelter offered by Te Pokohiwi/Boulder Bank was a major factor in choosing the site of Nelson. In 1848 a beacon was erected near the end of the bank and, in 1862, the cast iron lighthouse building that remains today. In 1906 a cut was made in the bank to allow easier passage to Nelson Harbour for shipping. 'The Cut' now separates Haulashore Island from the bank.
Arts & Culture
An intimate 80 seat not for profit performance space. From impromptu, comedy, story telling, lip syncing, educational, circus acts, to dance classes. Please do check out there website- there is always something on.
Ghost Light Theatre
146 Bridge St
An intimate 80 seat not for profit performance space. From impromptu, comedy, story telling, lip syncing, educational, circus acts, to dance classes. Please do check out there website- there is always something on.
An outstanding free art gallery with diverse art exhibitions made up off three exhibitions spaces, a sculpture walk and a contemplation gallery. There is also a shop & a busy cafe serving coffee & gourmet bites overlooking the beautiful Queens Garden. Where history and modernity collide within a space with modern, clean lines that encompasses the original brickwork and lofty wooden roof of the main gallery room, which opened in 1899.
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The Suter Art Gallery
208 Bridge St
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An outstanding free art gallery with diverse art exhibitions made up off three exhibitions spaces, a sculpture walk and a contemplation gallery. There is also a shop & a busy cafe serving coffee & gourmet bites overlooking the beautiful Queens Garden. Where history and modernity collide within a space with modern, clean lines that encompasses the original brickwork and lofty wooden roof of the main gallery room, which opened in 1899.
An internationally recognised design competition with entries from more than 40 countries. The stage features everything that is wearable art, as long as it is original and well executed. You can see everything on display up close with their many fine details and craftsmanship. They also have a collection of over 100 interesting and rare classic cars is amazing! They have over 100 amazing cars! This is co-located with a vehicle restoration workshop where you can have a peek inside and see what they're working on
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World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum
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An internationally recognised design competition with entries from more than 40 countries. The stage features everything that is wearable art, as long as it is original and well executed. You can see everything on display up close with their many fine details and craftsmanship. They also have a collection of over 100 interesting and rare classic cars is amazing! They have over 100 amazing cars! This is co-located with a vehicle restoration workshop where you can have a peek inside and see what they're working on
The Nelson Provincial Museum, Pupuri Taonga O Te Tai Ao is a regional museum in the city of Nelson, New Zealand. The museum showcases the Nelson and Tasman regions' history, from geological origins to the stories of individuals and families.
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Nelson Provincial Museum
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The Nelson Provincial Museum, Pupuri Taonga O Te Tai Ao is a regional museum in the city of Nelson, New Zealand. The museum showcases the Nelson and Tasman regions' history, from geological origins to the stories of individuals and families.
Founders Heritage Park is a museum, housing a number of groups with historical themes, including transport. A short heritage railway line is operated by the Nelson Railway Society. Several shops operate in the museum, selling bakery and other artisan foods, as well as locally-made arts & crafts. They also have a newly opened Hop & Beer Museum, reflecting on Nelson’s 170 year history of Craft Beer and Hop Growing. Experience the kiln drying process and admire early brewing technology. Local events are also held at Founders Park including book fairs, music events, wellbeing workshops, and more.
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Atawhai Drive at Founders Park
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Founders Heritage Park is a museum, housing a number of groups with historical themes, including transport. A short heritage railway line is operated by the Nelson Railway Society. Several shops operate in the museum, selling bakery and other artisan foods, as well as locally-made arts & crafts. They also have a newly opened Hop & Beer Museum, reflecting on Nelson’s 170 year history of Craft Beer and Hop Growing. Experience the kiln drying process and admire early brewing technology. Local events are also held at Founders Park including book fairs, music events, wellbeing workshops, and more.
Shopping
Trafalgar Street
The Nelson Market is famous for its longevity and high quality of its stalls showcasing the best that the Nelson region has to offer in arts, crafts and produce. The market is enhanced with a wide variety of food carts, making it a wonderful place for brunch or lunch while checking out the array of goods on offer at this truly iconic market. The Nelson Market is every Saturday 8am to 1pm at Montgomery Square in the heart of Nelson City
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The Nelson Market
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The Nelson Market is famous for its longevity and high quality of its stalls showcasing the best that the Nelson region has to offer in arts, crafts and produce. The market is enhanced with a wide variety of food carts, making it a wonderful place for brunch or lunch while checking out the array of goods on offer at this truly iconic market. The Nelson Market is every Saturday 8am to 1pm at Montgomery Square in the heart of Nelson City
Essentials
The closest super market.
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FreshChoice Nelson
69 Collingwood St
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The closest super market.
Countdown Nelson
35 St Vincent St
Trafalgar Park Countdown
Dr, Physio and Chemist
Nelson Family Medicine
132 Collingwood St
Dr, Physio and Chemist
Nelson Kiwibank
Head to www.metservice.com/towns-cities/nelson for information about Nelson weather to help plan your stay.
MetService
30 Salamanca Rd
Head to www.metservice.com/towns-cities/nelson for information about Nelson weather to help plan your stay.
For anything you want to know about the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region, ask one of the friendly locals behind the desk at one of our regions i-SITE centres. They provide a comprehensive, impartial information and booking service for Nelson, Tasman and New Zealand for accommodation, activities, attractions and travel bookings.
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Nelson i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
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For anything you want to know about the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region, ask one of the friendly locals behind the desk at one of our regions i-SITE centres. They provide a comprehensive, impartial information and booking service for Nelson, Tasman and New Zealand for accommodation, activities, attractions and travel bookings.
Getting Around
Nelson Airport
Nelson bus to Takaka/ Golden Bay, Picton (ferry to Wellington), Blenheim and further afield.
Nelson i-SITE
Nelson bus to Takaka/ Golden Bay, Picton (ferry to Wellington), Blenheim and further afield.
Local Nelson bustop to Tahunanui, Hospital etc + Takaka/ Golden Bay, Picton (ferry to Wellington), Blenheim and further afield.
InterCity Coachlines
27 Bridge St
Local Nelson bustop to Tahunanui, Hospital etc + Takaka/ Golden Bay, Picton (ferry to Wellington), Blenheim and further afield.
Golden Bay Coachlines
98 Commercial St