Things to do in Nelson

Nelson is New Zealand’s oldest settled city

Nelson is one of the most well-rounded holiday destinations in the world because of its wonderful coastal scenery, natural landscape, and huge collection of man-made attractions. A variety of parks and gardens are all within your grasp if you visit Nelson. Outdoor adventures and a variety of other fun things to do in Nelson await when you spend a wonderful holiday in the city.


Things to do in Nelson


Abel Tasman National Park

When you visit Nelson, you shouldn’t miss the Abel Tasman National Park because it is one of the most scenic parks in the world. You can go camping, hiking, kayaking, and sightseeing in the park which is set among a beautiful scenery overlooking Tasman Bay.


Nelson Lakes National Park

Another park that is worth your time is the Nelson Lakes National Park where you can go boating, fishing, mountaineering, and mountain biking.


Culture and heritage of the city

Founders Park is also a popular park in Nelson, albeit a different category than Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman. In Founders Park, you can visit historic buildings, interesting museums, and quaint shops and learn a great deal about the culture and heritage of the city.


Suter Art Gallery

Art lovers can also check out the Suter Art Gallery. It houses a huge collection of 19th-century art works by Van der Velden, Lindauer, Gully, and other notable artists.



Adventure seekers should contact Skydive Abel Tasman, one of the best skydiving operators in New Zealand. The jump-off point is on the borders of Abel Tasman and the Alps so you can get a fantastic bird’s eye view of the snow-capped mountains and the beach.


When to go to Nelson

Nelson has an oceanic climate characterized by warm summers and mild, rainy winters. The summer season runs from November through March, with average temperatures ranging from 10.6 to 23.5 °C (51.1 to 74.3 °F). June to September is the city’s winter season, with average temperatures ranging from 3.4 to 15.5 °C (38.1 to 59.9 °F).


Summer is ideally the best time to visit Nelson and experience the different outdoor activities it has to offer since winter brings plenty of storms and gales to the city.

Nelson Facts

Population46 800
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
AirportNelson, New Zealand (NSN)

Nelson average temperatures

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Monaco - Nelson Marathon

The Nelson Marathon has been an annual event in the month of June since 2012. The course will take you from the charming town of Monaco along the Tasman Bay over to the city Nelson. The ports of both cities work as a really nice backdrop as you run with the wind in your hair on this flat and fast track. If you are looking for a beautiful marathon, this scenic New Zealandic marathon is a no brainer!

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