Everyone is gearing up for the long weekend. The beautiful Nelson region has plenty of egg hunts, events and festivals to keep everyone busy and the Baycrest Lodge is an ideal base with easy access to it all.
Easter Friday Fun Run and Walk
Friday 3rd April, from 2.30pm
All are welcome at this Easter event. It's a great way for sporting minded visitors to discover the city and meet the locals. There are 5km and 10km distances and a walking option. The entry fee is $5 with spot prizes to be won.
Start next to the Railway Station, off Sovereign Street, at the Trafalgar Street end of the Atawhai Walkway.
Saturday 4th April, 8am-1pm
As popular as ever after 30 years, the Nelson Market is a must see for visitors to the town. With up to 200 stalls featuring mouthwatering displays from artisan breads to specialty cheeses and unique localarts and crafts, it showcases the best of the region.
Nia - A Dance, Fitness Fusion Workshop
Friday 3rd April, 12.30pm-3.30pm
Studio Evolve, 1 Kinzett Terrace, Nelson
A long Easter weekend is an ideal time for rejuvenation. Learn something new and get fit at the same time. Nia is a form of fusion fitness, integrating martial arts, dance and healing.
Barry Korcheski Trio
Friday 3rd April, 7pm-10pm
Upstairs at the Port O' Call Bar, Rutherford Hotel, 27 Nile Street West, Nelson Enjoy a great night out in Nelson with this musical trio. Their versatile music includes a mixture of blues, latin, jazz and pop, from easy listening to get-up-and-dance rhythms.
Mapua Easter Fair
Sunday 5th April, 9am-4pm
Whatever you do, get yourself and your family to the Mapua Fair if you're in the Nelson region this Easter. One of New Zealand's largest with 350 stalls, this is the fair's 32nd anniversary. You'll love the range of handcrafts, furniture, famous food stalls, artworks and entertainment. Perfect for a family day out, there's free car parking and a children's corner with face painting and treasure hunts to keep the kids happy.
Gold coin entry.
Easter at the Animal Farm
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April, 10am-4pm
389 Gardner Valley Road, Upper Moutere
Give the kids a fun day out with a variety of hands-on animal experiences. Walk a llama, pet a mini horse and cuddle a rabbit. The Animal Farm are celebrating Easter with Rabbit Hunts, creative crafts and egg and spoon and sack races.
Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race
Held from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th April in the Nelson Lakes/Murchison area
A team challenge. Teams of 3, either male or mixed, navigate through a course, ticking off checkpoints along the way. Options for a 3 hour, 6 hour and 12 hour event - test your degree of madness. Or cheer on the competitors in a spectacular environment - take a picnic and make a day of it.
Family Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt at Tophouse
Sunday 5th April, 10am-12.30pm
Tophouse Cafe and Bar, 68 Tophouse Road, St Arnaud
Head into the stunning Nelson Lakes region for an exciting day out with the kids. The historicTophouse are putting on a special family brunch and easter egg hunt. Limited seats are available so make your reservation by Saturday 2pm.