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

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)
Weather

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 features

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)
How to get there

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 property listings offer a large selection of 278 vacation rentals near Nelson. From 183 Houses to 47 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nelson for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Nelson?

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

  • Christ Church Cathedral: 307 vacation rentals
  • Atawhai: 27 vacation rentals
  • Britannia Heights: 83 vacation rentals
  • Tahunanui Beach Reserve: 316 vacation rentals
  • Nelson South: 57 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Nelson! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Nelson?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nelson:

  • Cable Bay: 129 rentals
  • Whangamoa: 27 rentals
  • Hira: 178 rentals
  • Blenheim: 42 rentals
  • Marlborough: 473 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Nelson?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Nelson are:

  • Nelson Airport (NSN): 317 vacation rentals
  • Motueka Airport (MZP): 355 vacation rentals
  • Woodbourne Airport (BHE): 100 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Nelson?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Nelson. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Christ Church Cathedral: 307 rentals
  • Tahunanui Beach Reserve: 316 rentals
  • Nelson Market: 307 rentals
  • World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars: 313 rentals
  • Miyazu Japanese Gardens: 306 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.