Festivals & Events

The Nelson region, with fine weather, stunning landscapes and bustling city life is the perfect setting for a range of exciting and vibrant events that occur year-round and make Nelson a fantastic place to live, work, play, stay and visit.

Jazz, opera, wine and craft beer events run from Jan-March and in winter and spring months a series of art, light, music and sport events unfold. Throughout the year, www.itson.co.nz is a comprehensive listing of concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and sporting and community events in the Nelson Tasman region.

DTHON SquareCome October the Nelson Tasman region offers even more enticing reasons to visit, discover and enjoy. The Nelson Arts Festival runs for 13 days of concerts and live music, more than 1500 artworks are on display/for sale at Art Expo Nelson, the latest must-see attraction at New Zealand Classic Motorcycles holds its doors open for enthusiasts, historians and art lovers alike, and there isn’t a better time to cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and sample the delicacies and delights of spring.

To celebrate, Nelson Tasman Tourism is offering you the chance to Win a Weekend - there are four different prize trips to be won for two lucky people to travel from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch on the Labour Day long weekend (24-26 October 2015).

Enter the competition to win a weekend in Nelson, or find out more about what's on below:

Discover the Heart of Nelson

Nelson Arts Festival

Nelson Arts Festival

From 14-26 October, indulge your senses at the country’s longest running regional arts festival. Over 13 magical days and nights, sample a gobsmacking smorgasbord of local, national and international theatre, dance, music, and readers and writers’ talks. More

Art Expo Nelson

Art Expo Nelson

A three-day spectacular from 24-26 October, promoting over 1500 artworks by more than 150 New Zealand artists including painters, ceramists, sculptors, jewellers, photographers and multimedia talent.
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Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Tasman's Great Taste Trail

A feast for the eyes, soul and palette awaits you on this increasingly popular bicycle trail which is suitable for all fitness and age levels, features gorgeous scenery and offers a multitude of taste diversions along the way. More

NMIT Creative Industries

NMIT Creative Industries

NMIT’s Creative Industries Department attracts students from all over New Zealand each year to study arts and media in its high spec facilities, engaging with and adding to the creative culture of the Nelson Tasman. More

New Zealand Classic Motorcycles

New Zealand Classic Motorcycles

The result of one man’s passion, NZ Classic Motorcycles is igniting enthusiasm with motorcycle aficionados and clubs, historians and art lovers alike, with an extraordinary collection of some 300 motorcycles and sidecars. More

Nelson Tasman region

Nelson Tasman region

Even if you don’t WIN a trip to vibrant Nelson Tasman, don’t let that keep you away! There are so many exceptional reasons to visit: think boutique wineries, craft breweries, art galleries - all within scenery that feeds the... More

Three ways to travel

By Sea

By Sea

Regular Cook Strait ferries provide vehicle and passenger access between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. More

By Air

By Air

Air New Zealand, Sounds Air and air2there operate regular flights into and out of Nelson Airport. More

By Road

By Road

The Nelson Tasman region is accessible by road from Christchurch, Blenheim, Picton and Murchison. More

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