Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Nelson

Take a vacation to Nelson and enjoy the area's culture, cathedral and museums. Renowned for its parks, cafés and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around Nelson

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Nelson a fun place to get away. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Natureland Zoo (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Nelson Fun Park (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Waahi Taakaro Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Nelson Golf Links (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Greenmeadows Park (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Marsden Recreation Ground (4 mi / 6.5 km)

Seasonal weather in Nelson

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, February, January, December and March are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 68°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Nelson

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Nelson is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Nelson Provincial Museum (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Anzac Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Queens Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Miyazu Japanese Gardens (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Miyazu Gardens (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Paddy's Knob Reserve (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)

Traveling to and around Nelson

Fly into Nelson (NSN), the closest airport, located 3.6 mi (5.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Nelson?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 314 holiday lettings near Nelson. From 208 Houses to 51 Condos/Apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Nelson is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Nelson?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Nelson. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Stoke: 39 holiday homes
  • Tahunanui: 54 holiday homes
  • Whangamoa: 30 holiday homes
  • Cable Bay: 151 holiday homes
  • Hira: 202 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Nelson! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Nelson?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Nelson with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Whangamoa: 30 holiday lettings
  • Cable Bay: 151 holiday lettings
  • Hira: 202 holiday lettings
  • Motueka: 167 holiday lettings
  • Richmond: 306 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Nelson?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Nelson are:

  • Nelson Airport (NSN): 308 self catering accommodations
  • Motueka Airport (MZP): 356 self catering accommodations
  • Woodbourne Airport (BHE): 100 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Nelson?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Nelson. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tahunanui Beach Reserve: 352 holiday rentals
  • Waahi Taakaro Golf Club: 317 holiday rentals
  • Christ Church Cathedral: 339 holiday rentals
  • World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars: 345 holiday rentals
  • Nelson Market: 338 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nelson listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.