The region, which is the sunniest in New Zealand, has for many years attracted residents who love to use their imaginations. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, including traditional and contemporary Maori artists. Their work is often inspired by the region’s exceptionally beautiful geography – coastal, forest and valley landscapes provide places to wander and dream. Our Nelson hotel accommodation gives travellers the base to then go off and experiment with art. Workshops including glassblowing, pottery, bone carving, sculpture and authentic Maori flax weaving and cooking are all on offer.
If outdoor adventure is more your thing, Nelson is positioned well to go off and explore three distinctively different national parks. Or try skywire, sea kayaking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, sailing, horse trekking or seal swimming! If your passion isn’t art or adventure sports, our Nelson hotel accommodation lets you indulge in edible explorations. Nelson has a vast array of alfresco cafes, fine dining restaurants, premium vineyards, boutique breweries and locally made gourmet foods to tantalize your taste buds.
The Nelson area is known by the Maoris as Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui (the tip of the nose of the canoe of Maui). From his waka, the demi-god Maui used his magic fish hook to catch and land the North Island (Te Ika a Maui - the fish of Maui).
Hotels in Nelson start at AU$57 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.