Nelson Lakes National Park New Zealand

Where to Stay - Hotels in Nelson New Zealand

New Zealand's hub of all things creative, Nelson is perched at the "Top of the South", a location traditionally getting the most sunshine hours in a year. Nelson's tropical-esque disposition in a generally frigid South Island – the Southern Alps and Glacier Country are just a few hours south – lures many eccentric Kiwis, expatriates and those who can afford Nelson apartment accommodation and other residential properties – which tend to be higher than the national average – to retire in its bountiful beauty and live the good, if bohemian, life.

Things to see & do from your accommodation in Nelson

As the artistic capital of New Zealand, Nelson features eclectic works of resident artists – more than 300 of them – in everyday setting. The most out-of-the-box creations can be viewed during the WOW Festival (World of Wearable Art) in late September when models take to the runway to showcase weird fashion from all conceivable raw materials, in keeping with Nelson’s image as the boho-chic of New Zealand. As expected, finding hotels in Nelson, New Zealand can get sticky during big events, so book your Nelson accommodation early to avoid hassle.

To bring out your inner artist, book online to discover where to stay in Nelson, New Zealand. You can even arrange an extended stay in one of cheap Nelson accommodation – they have backpackers, youth hostels, Nelson motel accommodation, inns and B&Bs – and enrol in a Creative Tourism workshop. You will come away with a Maori-looking bone pendant, if not the desire to live a more unfettered life.

Nelson is geographically the centre of New Zealand and the centre of Australasia's fishing industry, its fish port being the largest in the region. The centre of New Zealand marker is on a knob above an 1842 house turned School for Girls turned quaint B&B. Come down from the marker to the lush Botanic Gardens on your way to your Nelson hotel accommodation, and reward yourself with a hearty meal.

Nelson Bay seafood has earned quite a reputation. Combined with its verdant hills brimming with vineyards, wining and dining in Nelson can be quite an experience – a treat! – unto itself. Ask your sommelier to pour you a Riesling to go with crabs, or Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to pair it up with Nelson Bay scallops.

Finding accommodation in Nelson New Zealand

But don't just stop with your appetite for food! Leave the comforts of Nelson hotels and indulge your wanderlust as well. There’s Takaka’s freshwater springs legendary in its clearness; Murchison’s alpine rivers and lakes; and Motueka’s knobby terrain bursting with horticultural produce. You can even stay the night in one of these towns; B&Bs, self-contained apartments, motels, backpackers, cottages and lodges are sprinkled along the way so you can get to know each locale’s character and not hurry back to your hotel in Nelson, New Zealand.

Likewise pamper yourself with a generous helping of rust-coloured beaches, rocky outcrops and pristine estuaries of Abel Tasman National Park. There is “bach” or traditional Kiwi beach house, cottage or camping area at Anchorage and Awaroa Bays if you wish to stay overnight, and kayak rental for those who want to venture out into colonies of blue penguins and seals that bob in its waters.