Discover Nelson Tasman

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Where to find us

Meet in the middle - literally! Nelson Tasman is located at the geographical centre of New Zealand at the top of the South Island making it one of the easiest and fastest locations to reach in the country. The airport is just 10 minutes from the CBD and is the 4th busiest in New Zealand, with over 400 direct flights each week. Just over an hour from Auckland for example, you can fly on the day and be on the ground in Nelson for a 9.00am start. 

Once in the Nelson Tasman region, it's all on your doorstep. With stunning natural landscapes, clever innovation and businesses, creative arts and artisan producers, plus abundant activities all within a short drive, you're completely spoilt for choice.

Scenic Highlights

It’s true that other regions offer spectacular scenery, but the land and sea combine in Nelson Tasman in a way that Lord Robert Winston called ‘dramatically beautiful, an idyll, a little oasis.’  Where else are you surrounded by three National Parks within 90 minutes of the city, and with views out over the sea to the mountains from many locations within the city? The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk may pull in the majority of visitors, but the Kahurangi National Park offers world-class trails through pristine ancient forests. It also includes Mt Owen, with rockscapes that are so fantastic they were featured in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings™. Of an evening you can ride from your accommodation to a bike trail on a geologically significant mountain, or post conference kayak in a marine reserve. You really can experience the extraordinary every day in Nelson Tasman.

What’s on

March 2019
Nelson Beer Week and March Fest

April - May 2019
Fringe Festival

August 2019
Nelson Arts Festival

November 2019
The New Zealand Cider Festival

Conference Venues & Facilities

Nelson Tasman offers a surprisingly flexible range of venues for different occasions, from purpose-built conference facilities to heritage sites, sporting complexes and trade show venues to vineyard restaurants. The region looks after both small and large conferences and events exceptionally well: There's a large number of flexible venues and spaces on offer for the 50-250 size, while larger conferences are held in venues such as the Rutherford Hotel with its seven conference and function rooms taking up to 700 delegates, the refurbished Trafalgar Centre stadium which can host 600 for dinner, or the Founders Heritage Park Energy Centre. These venues are complemented by ample accommodation options, activities, world class dining and skilled auxiliary service providers to take care of all the details.


Over 300 hotel rooms, 500+ quality motel units and serviced apartments, luxury eco lodges and multiple high-end B&B properties abound in the region. There are accommodation options to suit all itineraries and budgets – from central city to lodges in the Abel Tasman National Park and vineyard accommodation. Your delegates will feel the charm that is synonymous with this extraordinary region.

Unforgettable Experiences

Experience sailing catamaran from just near Nelson city with a short sojourn into the Bay, or further around to the stunning seaside village of Mapua or if you have more time onward to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Explore the region's art & history, perhaps visit one of the must-see Nelson museums and art galleries including the World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum.

Shop at the vibrant central city Saturday Market, where locals and visitors delight in the fresh and the creative, or try the innovative new Moveable Feasts progressive dinner option for delegate groups.

Sample a craft beer, cider or wine. Either at one of 11 craft breweries, 28 cellar doors, or one of the spectacular waterfront restaurants. The proof is in the artisan pudding; National Geographic labelled Nelson Tasman the Cider Capital of the world, the inspired wines are winning awards and being enjoyed the world over, and we’re the only New Zealand region to grow hops on a large commercial scale.

Cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail: Eat, drink, shop and visit art galleries while absorbing the spectacular coastal views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges.

Explore world renown Abel Tasman National Park by cruise vessel, sailing catamaran, sea kayak or on foot and stay overnight at water-front lodges.

Unwind at the Mapua Wharf – Some of the very best of kiwi culture can be discovered with a visit here. A popular destination for locals and visitors, the Wharf is a pedestrian-only precinct known for its sophisticated shops, boutique galleries, waterfront eateries and artisan bars.

Leap from one of the top 10 greatest skydive drop zones in the world, fly 3km on the Skywire or take a scenic horse trek.