Should you find yourself in New Zealand for the New Year then you
might want to take advantage of some of the outdoor activities that
are on offer. Those who love to get out there and explore can opt
for a flightseeing trip, where you jump on a helicopter and peruse
the stunning national parks in the area all from a birds eye view!
Take a drive up to the stunning beach of Golden Bay for scenic walks
and breathe in the fresh air as you marvel at the wonderful
Get on your bike and hit the Great Taste Trail which will have you cycling through beautiful coastal and inland areas including vineyars and orchards. The loop is 174km long and can be done in small chinks here and there, depending on what you’d like to see.
If you have skydiving on your bucket list, this is definitely somewhere you should consider taking the jump. With glorious view over Abel Tasman National Park, you can see New Zealand in all its glory.
Nelson is a great place for the art lover so you might want to visit some of the city’s local galleries and markets to see beautiful paintings, sculptures, jewellery and much more besides. Those who love their jewellery, and are fans of Lord of the Rings, might want to make a beeline for Jens Hansen, where the “One Ring” from the film was made. You might just want to buy your own "precious".
New Years Eve in Nelson sees thousands of people heading to the
Church Steps at the top of Trafalgar Street for the New Years Eve
Countdown and fireworks show. There’s live music as bands take
to the stage to entertain the crowds and people dancing and enjoying
the party atmosphere. There is entertainment in the square from 5pm
and is also a great place for families. There will also be food
trucks nearby to keep you well fed.
The bars and restaurants in Nelson will have some great events planned, check with the venues closer to the time for ticket information or to make your reservations. The cafes and bars on Trafalgar Street will also be open for business, but they will be very busy!
Just head to the waterfront to get a great view of the pyrotechnics
Nelson has quite a few fabulous restaurants to choose from during your stay, remember that New Years Eve will always be a busy evening, so book your table well in advance:
Harbour Light Bistro
Smugglers Pub and Cafe
The Tides Restaurant & Bar
No live webcams at the moment, but we’ll keep checking.
Nelson has a good choice of accommodation for your New Years Eve
stay, it’s likely they’ll book up quite quickly as this is a popular
destination so get your reservations as soon as possible:
The Sails Nelson
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments
Rutherford Hotel Nelson
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.