Nelson City Guide
The City of Nelson is situated very close to the centre of New Zealand. It lies at the southern shore of Tasman Bay, at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand, and is the administrative centre of the whole Nelson region.
Nelson is a centre for arts and crafts, and each year hosts popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards were begun in Nelson and there is a Museum of world of wearable art showcasing winning designs close to the Airport.
Nelson is the birthplace of Lord Rutherford, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose image appears on New Zealand's one hundred dollar banknote (the largest denomination in circulation in New Zealand).
Nelson received its name in honour of the 1st Viscount Nelson and Admiral of the fleet that defeated both the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Many of the roads and public areas around the city are named after people and ships associated with that battle and Trafalgar Street is the main shopping axis of the city. Inhabitants of Nelson are referred to as Nelsonians.
Monaco Hotel Enjoy the quaint old world charm at Monaco Hotel, a 20-room hotel with lounge with stone fireplace. French doors open to the patio with views over the Monaco Inlet to the mountains of the Kahurangi National Park.
Renowned for being New Zealand's sunniest spot, Nelson offers creative culture, spectacular natural beauty and an abundance of local produce in a central and accessible location.
Superb accommodation for couples, families and groups. A architecturally styled lodge in a natural setting at the very edge of Nelson Lakes National Park.