Things to do

Nelson New Zealand

Nelson’s sunshine and landscape make it a fantastic holiday destination – all year round.

Check out our list of things to do and places to visit in Nelson

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The Nelson city Tahunanui Beach Reserve is a very short stroll from our door providing safe swimming and recreation for all the family. The natural beauty of the beach has been preserved, and the reserve also includes a zoo, waterpark, playground, modellers pond, skating rink, BMX track and an ever-popular licensed cafe.

Nelson City

cathedralNelson itself is compact and picturesque to explore, with numerous opportunities for walkers. It has an excellent range of cafes and restaurants that showcase the wonderful produce of the region. The Saturday Outdoor Market is an essential stop for food, jewellery and crafts. Museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and specialist shops provide ample rainy day activities.

South Street is the oldest fully restored street in New Zealand. Many of the buildings near here house galleries and artisan shops. That is the great thing about staying at the Arrow motels, it is owned by long time locals, who can tell you the best places to see during your stay.

Nelson’s history of being a magnet for artists and those who value beauty in life has meant the area is a great place to shop for unique products at reasonable prices. After your shopping trip, drive the short jaunt back along the stunning Rocks Road, overlooking the bay, to stay by the beach.

Nelson Region

shellThe variety and beauty of the landscape has attracted artists and craftspeople from all over the world to make their home in the region. The climate has encouraged a growing wine and olive industry. Take time to tour the local vineyards, olive groves, boutique breweries and artist galleries.

Nelson Wilderness

rotoiti-jettyThree National Parks are within easy driving distance from the city. Abel Tasman National Park has golden sand beaches and turquoise blue waters. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks offer alpine scenery,beech forests and native bird life. Guided tours can take you to the best of the region’s fly fishing. Journey over the Takaka Hill to the sweeping coastline of Golden Bay and the world renowned bird sanctuary at Farewell Spit.

Arrow Motel’s Recommended days out and itineraries

  • Abel Tasman national Park via Water Taxi
  • A tour of the Wineries
  • Founders historic Park & Brewery
  • Happy Valley Adventures: fantastic views from a 4wd motor cycle
  • Mapua: the smokehouse for freshly smoked fish, the Naked Bun for fine food
  • WOW the World of wearable art and collectable cars.
  • Cable Bay Station house Cafe: a great place with great coffee

For a comprehensive list of suggestions check out Places to visit in Nelson