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Bay Crest Motor Lodge
87 Golf Road

Arts & Crafts

Explore the best of the Nelson Tasman region through its art. Over 300 highly skilled working artists and craftspeople are scattered throughout the hills and valleys, their work reflecting our relaxed lifestyle and picture-perfect surroundings.

Painters, sculptors, fine furniture makers, fashion designers, house architects, ceramic artists, potters, glass blowers, jewellers and Nelson builders are just some of the creative force that make up this diverse arts scene. 

Michael MacMillan sculpture
Sculpture crafted by Nelson’s Michael MacMillan

Pick up a copy of the Nelson Art Guide - you can journey from Nelson to Golden Bay, taking in every artisan the region has to offer. Meet the artists, visit their workshops and studios and even try your hand at creating your own glass beads or ceramics. Seeing their work in context and having a chat with the artists themselves is a privilege. And there's no better way to be informed about the piece you want to buy - providing a unique memory of your visit as well as something to 'feed the soul'.

Basing yourself at Bay Crest Motor Lodge is a brilliant way to explore Nelson's creative essence. As well as being handy to access the wider region, it's a stone's throw from the amazing World of Wearable Art (see below) and a two minute drive into the city. 

Wearable arts festival nelson
Wearable Arts Festival, Nelson

In Nelson city you can visit the renowned Suter Gallery (see below) with its collection of local, national and international art, the South Street Gallery, the jeweller who created the 'One Ring' for the Lord of the Rings, and Nelson's iconic Saturday market. Pick up some handcrafted items from some of Nelson's most accomplished artisans.

Suter Art gallery Nelson
Suter Gallery, Nelson

Parlour Projects

If you are interested in your contemporary art and are heading north of the country to the Hawkes Bay, be sure to check out Parlour Projects, an art gallery in Hastings that features works and exhibitions from some of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists.