Nelson Holidays

New Zealand
The thriving, small city of Nelson, set on the coast in a broad basin between the Arthur and Richmond ranges on the northern part of the North Island , is a beguiling place. Initially it is not much to look at, but on longer acquaintance it gets its hooks into …

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How to get to Nelson

Here's what you need to know about getting to Nelson. You can see the cheapest month to fly and a snapshot of flight prices for the following month. Also, don't forget to factor in your travelling time - the typical flight from London Heathrow to Nelson takes 1 day, 3 hours, 50 minutes.

When to go to Nelson

Typical Holiday Price

£1457 per person

The average price of hotels and apartments in Nelson varies according to the time of year. To help you plan when to go, we've looked at the hotels available on our site, then worked out the average price per night for the quietest and the busiest months.

Cheapest Month to Visit


Based on a typical 1 week holiday - adding together the cost of flights and accommodation - September is the cheapest month to go to Nelson.

Where to stay in Nelson

Whatever your travelling style, we can help find you the perfect place to stay. From luxurious hotels to practical apartments, these are our most popular places in Nelson, according to other travellers.

Things to see and do in Nelson

ActiveSteve | FlickrNelson Market
Nelson Market
Yogic Traveler ❀ | Trip by SkyscannerWorld of Wearable Art
World of Wearable Art
jodastephen | FlickrBotanical Reserve and Botanical Hill
Botanical Reserve and Botanical Hill
Abigail Cagadas | Trip by SkyscannerTahuna Beach
Tahuna Beach
tcoll | Trip by SkyscannerCentre of New Zealand
Centre of New Zealand
True New Zealand Adventures | FlickrMapua Wharf
Mapua Wharf
Andrea Schaffer | FlickrGolden Bay
Golden Bay
jodastephen | FlickrChrist Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

Reviews of Nelson

Abigail Cagadas
Abigail CagadasHo Chi Minh City

My favorite town in the South Island! Stayed here during winter. It rained a lot but at least its still warmer compared to the other towns in the S.I.


I had built Nelson up in my mind as some kind of idyllic, relaxed beach town long before I got there - which it's not. There's no beach at all and while there are some wonderful backpackers around, there is little to do in Nelson itself - everything decent is half an hour to an hour away. There are probably many great things about Nelson, but I never could forgive it for not being what I'd anticipated (though this is my own fault!) That said, there are some great easy walks along the river

John White
John WhitePukalani

Great place to visit in Northern South Island region. Close to Able Tasman Park. The region boasts great wineries with wonderful back roads.

Yogic Traveler ❀
Yogic Traveler ❀Puerto Vallarta

I spent a few days in Nelson. It is a cute little town with a bit of an international backpacker scene for all the travelers making their way around the South Island. I stopped here primarily to check out the World of Wearable Art Museum.

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