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, It's On published a comprehensive listing of concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and sporting and community events in the Nelson Tasman region. View the It's On calendar here.

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.

 

Discover The HeART of Nelson Labour Weekend Competition Winners!!

Thank you to the thousands of people who entered the competition to win one of four prize packages of a trip to Nelson for three nights over the Labour Day long weekend and experience some fabulous events.

And congratulations to our four winners:

Ex Auckland Prize - Shelley Ellis

Ex Wellington (flying) Prize - Lara Hooper

Ex Wellington (ferry) Prize - Sandra Lester

Ex Christchurch Prize - Sally Booker

Thanks again to our wonderful partners: Air New Zealand and Interislander; Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, Trailways Hotel and Motel Assn of NZ; The Gentle Cycling Co, Trail Journeys NZ and Wheelie Fantastic; NZ Classic Motorcycles; Art Expo Nelson; Nelson Arts Festival; NMIT's Creative Industries Department: Tasman's Great Taste Trail.   

 

Discover the Heart of Nelson

Nelson Market

Nelson Market

There is something for everyone at the Nelson Market every Saturday. It is the perfect place for visitors and tourists to experience the creativity and essence of the region and the local people. 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

Founders Heritage Park

Founders Heritage Park

Enjoy the charm of days gone by at Founders Heritage Park, with 30 historic buildings clustered along quaint streets around village greens and beautiful well-established gardens - and also home to Founders Brewery Bar & Café. 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

Seven airlines service the region: Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Kiwi Regional Airlines, Originair, Sounds Air, air2there and Golden Bay Air. More

By Road

By Road

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

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