Book your accommodation with us at Bay Crest Motor Lodge, Tahunanui and you'll enjoy a home away from home while you make the most of Nelson's exciting festivals and events.
Abel Tasman Coastal Classic - September
This off road trail run is one of New Zealand's most beautiful, starting with a boat trip before you stride through the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. The reputation of the event continues to spread via word of mouth and sells out each year.
The Nelson Arts Festival - October
Celebrate spring with 13 days of concerts and live music at Nelson's annual Art Festival. In 2015 there will be another amazing array of theatre, dance, comedy, music, literary events and visual arts, capped off with the popular Masked Parade & Carnivale!
Art Expo Nelson - October
For 3 days in October, Nelson's Art Expo showcases more than 150 artists with 1500 artworks on display and for sale. Painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, ceramists, jewellers and more, from all over New Zealand.
Run Mahana - November
This extremely popular annual event includes 5km, 10km and half marathon running races. Hosted at Woollaston Estates, this unique run takes you through their vineyards and past the cellar door.
Summer Festival - January
Savour the summer sunshine with the range of activities that make up Nelson's annual Summer Festival. From outdoor movies at Tahunanui Beach to the popular Teddy Bears Picnic and the Nelson Buskers Festival with award-winning street performers from around the world.
Jazz Festival - January
Every January Nelson hosts an exciting line up of national and international jazz and blues artists playing in some of the city's most beautiful locations.
Bike Fest Nelson - January/February
Bring your bikes to Nelson and revel in 2 weeks of cycling fun. From some of the best downhill, cross-country and enduro riding in New Zealand to heli biking, family events, BMX clinics and more.
Wine and Food Festival - February
Head out to Brightwater to celebrate summer with award winning wine, beer, food and entertainment. Set in a stunning vineyard location, Brightwater Wine and Food festival is all about local! Enjoy a glass of something cool and delicious in the sun and explore the gourmet food stalls.
Adam Chamber Music Festival - February, biennial
It's a long way ahead but the 2017 International Chamber Music Festival in Nelson is always a sell out so it pays to plan well in advance. Enjoy 9 days of wonderful collaborative chamber music with international artists joining New Zealand’s best.