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Nelson Guide

What are the best things to do in Nelson?

Harwoods Hole Walk

There are dozens of scenic hikes to discover while holidaying on Auckland to Nelson flights. One of the most popular is the Harwoods Hole Walk. This scenic trail stretches for three kilometres each way within Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way, there are stunning views of the Gorge Creek and Takaka Valley. At the end of the trail, you’ll find Harwoods Hole - New Zealand’s deepest vertical shaft. The natural sinkhole drops 176 metres over the Gorge Creek. If you choose to do this hike while holidaying on flights Auckland to Nelson, be careful to stay a safe distance from the edge of Harwoods Hole as there are no safety barriers.

Gardens of the World

See some of the world’s most gorgeous flora while exploring the city on cheap flights Auckland to Nelson. Gardens of the World features 14 different gardens, including an English Rose Garden, African Garden, European Garden, and of course, a New Zealand Garden. The gardens are colourful and relaxing, making them the perfect place for a quiet stroll or an afternoon picnic while you’re holidaying on flights Auckland to Nelson.

Tahunanui Beach

Tahunanui is a waterfront suburb just south of Nelson’s CBD. It’s an ideal place to wander the sprawling beaches of the Tasman without venturing too far from the city. Tahunanui Beach has calm water perfect for enjoying activities like surfing and paddle boarding while visiting the Tasman on cheap flights to Nelson from Auckland. After spending some time at the beach, don’t head straight back into the CBD – take some time to browse the quaint boutiques, and grab a coffee from a beachfront cafe.


When is the best time to visit Nelson?

If you’re hoping to take advantage of the gorgeous beaches and hiking trails around the Tasman, look into Auckland to Nelson flights for the summer months. Between December and March, daytime temperatures typically hit about 22°C – perfect for enjoying the sunshine and nature of the South Island. Spring and autumn are a bit chilly for water activities, but can provide ideal weather for hiking through the Abel Tasman. Expect daytime temperatures of 17°C when you book Auckland to Nelson flights during these seasons. You may also experience fewer tourists if you book cheap flights Auckland to Nelson outside of the busy summer period. Winter gets chilly in Nelson, with daytime temperatures of about 12°C and an average of 2°C at night. Be sure to bring along a warm coat and boots if you book a flight into Nelson Airport (NSN) between June and August.


What are the best restaurants and cafes in Nelson?


Hopgoods makes the most of the region’s fresh produce through menus that change with the seasons. The chefs use these ingredients to put a unique New Zealand spin on some classic European dishes. No matter what time of year you book tickets to Nelson from Auckland, expect a range of exciting dishes like duck confit, ricotta gnocchi with fried duck egg, and salt and pepper squid served with sticky pork. You can dine à la carte or indulge with Hopgoods’ five-course tasting menu.

Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery

You’ll find an astounding number of seafood restaurants while holidaying on cheap flights to Nelson from Auckland. Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery has one of the city’s most exciting menus. It changes regularly but always showcases the fresh fish, meat, and vegetables of the Tasman. As you might expect, freshly shucked oysters are the main highlight of Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery. While visiting the restaurant in between your Auckland to Nelson return flights, you can also try dishes like pork belly tonkatsu, Bengali-spiced roast cauliflower, and ceviche-style fish tacos.


Deville is a cosy family-owned cafe that serves breakfast and brunch classics along with some Deville originals. Fuel up while visiting the region on Auckland to Nelson flights with dishes such as poached eggs and hollandaise on sourdough, buttermilk fried chicken tacos with pineapple salsa, and chilled watermelon gazpacho with avocado and feta. If you’d like to catch some live music while holidaying on flights Auckland to Nelson, have a look at Deville’s upcoming schedule. They showcase local artists at gigs once or twice a month.


How much time should I spend in Nelson?

If you’re hoping for the perfect Tasman getaway, book flights Auckland to Nelson for a trip of between three to five days. A quick three-day holiday will allow you to explore the city and spend some time enjoying the surrounding nature as well. If you have extra time, book cheap flights to Nelson from Auckland for five days to take your time exploring the region and the iconic Abel Tasman National Park.