Nelson offers an abundance of options that make it difficult to choose just one! From bustling local markets to mouth-watering dining experiences, Nelson truly has it all. If you're seeking an itinerary while visiting, these things to do in Nelson are a must-see and will give you a taste of all the city has to offer.
Begin your day with an invigorating stroll through the vibrant Nelson markets, where you'll discover an array of fine produce and unique artisanal creations. Indulge in delectable gourmet foods and savor a leisurely brunch under the brilliant Nelson sunshine.
Location: 47 Montgomery Square, Nelson
Hours: 8am - 1pm every Saturday
Treat yourself to a delectable lunch at the Boat Shed Cafe, where you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of the picturesque Nelson waterfront. The menu, which is driven by the seasons, highlights the exceptional produce of New Zealand, with delicious dishes such as seafood chowder and veal schnitzel that are sure to delight your palate.
Location: 350 Wakefield Quay, Stepneyville, Nelson
Hours: 11:30 am - 10:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am - 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Spend a rejuvenating afternoon at the picturesque Tahunanui Beach, where you can take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters. This family-friendly beach stretches over a 1.75km expanse of pristine sand and offers breathtaking views of iconic landmarks that sit just off the waterfront. It's the perfect spot to relax and soak in the beauty of your surroundings.
Location: Off Back Beach Road, Nelson
Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience that captures the flavors and energy of South East Asian street food and hawker markets. Hawer House features an array of fresh and local ingredients expertly paired with regional wines and beer. A visit to this vibrant eatery is a must for any food lover.
Location: 296 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Hours: 3:00pm - 10:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday
11:00am - 11:30pm Thursday to Saturday
Satisfy your cravings for delicious, homemade baked goods and an extensive al la carte menu in the charming, historical café. Whether you're in the mood for a light treat like chai seed treats or a hearty meal like green eggs and ham on toasted sourdough, this café has something to offer for everyone.
Location: 26 Brougham Street, Nelson South
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Sunday
Experience the rich history of New Zealand's oldest art gallery, The Suter Art Gallery, which dates back to the 19th century. The gallery boasts an impressive collection of contemporary art, a 150-seat theater, an inspiring education space, a popular café, and a gallery store brimming with beautiful works crafted by local artists. It's a must-visit destination for art lovers and history buffs alike.
Location: 208 Bridge Street, Nelson
Hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Sunday
Spend an enlightening afternoon at the Nelson Provincial Museum, which comprises of two sections, the Regional Gallery and the Upper Gallery. The Regional Gallery guides visitors through an engaging exploration of the Te Tauihu region, covering the top of the South Island from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay. The Upper Gallery houses captivating short-term and touring exhibitions, a dedicated teaching classroom, and a rooftop garden, providing a unique and immersive cultural experience.
Location: Cnr Trafalgar St and Hardy Street, Nelson
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday
10:00am - 4:30pm Saturday to Sunday
For your final dining experience in Nelson, we highly recommend the innovative The Styx. The menu is paired perfectly with an array of delicious cocktails, beers and wines, making for a truly memorable meal. Don't miss out on this culinary gem during your stay.
Location: 272 Wakefield Quay, Stepneyville
Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm Wednesday to Sunday
With your itinerary now fully organized, it's time to plan the perfect accommodations for your trip. TOP 10 offers three exceptional options for Nelson holiday parks, each with their own unique charm. Choose from Motueka Park, Nelson City, and Pohara Beach, all of which feature comfortable motel rooms, cozy cabins, and scenic camping sites to ensure a memorable stay.