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Craft brewery capital of Aotearoa

Craft breweries of all sizes can be found in Nelson, as well as a number of half and full-day tours showcasing local beers and their story. Whether you prefer an icy pilsner or a cask-pulled ale, you’ll find it in Nelson!

Enjoy Nelson’s wineries

The Nelson region has an international reputation for producing excellent chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and more recently, pinot noir and aromatic wines. You will be spoilt for choice of winery tours to embark on.

Experience local Māori culture
6m Drive

Immerse yourself in traditional Māori culture with a visit to Whakatū Marae, situated in Taitapu Bay on the northern entrance into Whakatū, Nelson.

Explore the city
2-3m Walk

Nelson’s thriving art and café scene is right on your doorstep. Just steps away from Rutherford Hotel Nelson, you will find Morrison Square, Bridge Street shops, the Suter Art Gallery and Christ Church Cathedral. Staying for the weekend? The Saturday Nelson Markets for crafts and local produce are a must-do.

Find the centre of New Zealand
20-60m Walk

One of Nelson's most popular walkways marks the very centre of Aotearoa. To reach the centre of New Zealand will take 20-60 minutes, depending on your fitness. The view from the top offers a stunning outlook of Nelson, surrounding orchards and beyond to Tasman Bay.

Get up-close with nature

Nelson is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. There are a range of adventurous eco-tours in the region for you to embark on, including the Farewell Spit, the captivating Water Watch Tour, and the fascinating Gannet Colony Tour.

Hit the beach

The Nelson region is known for its stunning beaches and hot summers. Tahunanui Beach is just a short drive from The Rutherford Hotel, and is perfect for family outings. Further afield, you'll find Mapua, Ruby Bay, and the famous Kaiteriteri Beach, the starting point of the Abel Tasman National Park.

Nelson Cathedral
5m Walk

Discover Christ Church Cathedral, perched on Piki Mai hill, just minutes from Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Open daily from 8:30 am to 7 pm, it offers a serene space for reflection and prayer. Enjoy traditional Anglican worship and a family-friendly Sunday service with a kid's programme during the school term.

Nelson Classic Car Museum
10m Drive

Experience a journey through motoring history at the Nelson Classic Car Museum (NCMM), home to a curated collection of over 150 cars. From the charming 1908 Renault AX to iconic 1950s classics like Vauxhalls and Cadillacs, there is something for everyone at the NCCM.

The Nelson Market
7m Walk

The Nelson Market, famous for its fine produce and quality artistry, takes place every Saturday morning. Enjoy fresh produce, gourmet foods, and brunch under the sun. For over 40 years, it's been a vibrant hub where locals and visitors alike celebrate the best of Nelson's creativity and community.

The walkway capital of the world

The Nelson region boasts over 40 hikes within 16 kilometers of the city, catering to all skill levels, from short urban walks to multi-day adventures in the Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, or Kahurangi National Parks.

Trout fishing paradise
1h 35m Drive

Discover Lake Rotoroa Lodge, New Zealand's top brown trout fishing destination. With seasoned guides, your fishing experience at Lake Rotoroa Lodge promises to be exceptional.


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Our dedicated team can happily arrange tours and regional activities for your visit.

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27 Nile Street West,
Nelson 7010

+64 3 548 2299
0800 437 227


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