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The Best Places to Stay in Nelson, New Zealand

Last Updated: 14th July, 2023

Nelson, located in New Zealand’s South Island, is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning landscapes, art scene, and vibrant craft beer culture! When it comes to accommodation, Nelson offers a diverse range of options to suit various budgets and preferences. From backpacker hostels and budget-friendly motels to holiday parks and boutique hotels, there is something for everyone!

Nelson City Center, Nelson, New Zealand

Top 6 Boutique Accommodation Options in Nelson

1. The Sails Nelson

If you are looking to experience luxury accommodation in the spectacular Nelson Tasman region, then look no further! The Sails is a boutique hotel offering elegant and comfortable rooms and apartments only 10-minutes walk from the heart of Nelson City Center. Each suit is furnished with king sleepyhead beds, free wifi, Nespresso coffee makers, and either a luxurious shower or relaxing double spa! Have a delicious breakfast on your private courtyard or patio, before heading out to see the stunning attractions of Nelson City and the surrounding region!

bed in hotel, Nelson, New zealand

2. Tides Hotel Nelson

Situated along the banks of the beautiful Maitai River, this boutique hotel features comfortable and stylish rooms, some with balcony views. This was rated #2 hotel in New Zealand for 2023! Fully air-conditioned, each studio is equipped with a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. The highlight of staying at the Tides Hotel is access to the complementary heated outside pool, as well as it’s fabulous onsite Bar and Eatery – featuring local New Zealand produce! It provides a peaceful atmosphere and is within walking distance to the city center and local attractions.

pool in hotel, Nelson, New zealand

3. DeLorenzo’s Studio Apartments

A boutique accommodation option in the city center, DeLorenzo’s Studio Apartments offer stylish self-contained apartments with modern amenities, fabulous dining service and a heated outdoor pool. It is only 250 meters from the centre of Nelson, and so you can enjoy the convenience of being close to Nelson’s attractions and dining options!

bed in hotel, Nelson, New zealand

4. The Wheelhouse Inn & Captains Quarters

The Wheelhouse Inn are a collection of 5 luxury self-contained holiday homes set in a beautifully landscaped and tranquil bush setting a few minutes drive from Nelson City center. Each apartment is equipped with a full kitchen, WIFI, washing machine and dryer, and a gorgeous private outdoor area where you can sit and enjoy the stunning views over the Tasman Bay.

Tahunanui beach, Nelson, New zealand

5. Beach Side Apartment Nelson

This beautiful apartment is located only 600 meters from Nelson’s popular Tahunanui Beach, and is a relaxing and stylish accommodation option. The apartment is full equipped, with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and a terrace that offers panoramic views over the Tasman Bay. They also offer a delicious continental breakfast, what a perfect start to a day of exploring!

6. Joya Garden and Villa Studios

Joya studios are one of the top places to stay in Nelson, and is an experience in itself! Quality accommodation with a quirky, New Zealand touch, these eco-friendly villas offer a comfortable and memorable place to stay while exploring the Nelson-Tasman region! It encompasses a number of studio options, so you can choose what best suits your preferences:

  • Garden Studio: A grass-roofed log home that is situated in the private gardens of this heritage home.
  • Villa Studio: a spacious ground floor studio apartment that opens up to a sunny, secluded terrace.
fantail in hotel garden, Nelson, New zealand

An optional organic vegetarian breakfast -with vegan and gluten-free options- is served in the main house or on the deck, with stunning views over the city and surrounding hills. The studios are surrounded by beautiful native gardens, including a terrace patio and a goldfish pond.

Best Budget-friendly Accommodation in Nelson

1. YHA Nelson

Located in the heart of Nelson, this hostel offers affordable dormitory and private rooms. It has a communal kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and a cozy lounge area. The hostel also organizes activities and has a friendly atmosphere.

backpackers accommodatin in Nelson, New zealand

2. Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar

Situated in a historic building, Prince Albert Backpackers offers budget-friendly dormitory and private rooms. Guests can relax outdoors on the sun terrace in a hammock or prepare a meal in the shared kitchen.The on-site bar and restaurant provide a lively atmosphere, and the hostel is conveniently located near Nelson’s city center.

bar taps in Nelson, New zealand

3. The Bug Backpackers

Located close to Nelson’s city center, The Bug Backpackers offers budget-friendly dormitory and private rooms. The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen, a cozy lounge area, and a friendly staff that can provide helpful recommendations for exploring the area. Laundry services, a garden with hammocks and a BBQ are also available. Guests can relax and read a book in the hammocks, play one of the many board games available or enjoy a game of pétanque or darts.

4. Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park

If you prefer a camping or cabin experience, Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park is a great option. It offers powered campsites, basic cabins, and self-contained units at affordable prices. The holiday park has communal facilities, including a kitchen, BBQ area, and playground.

camping accommodatin in Nelson, New zealand

5. Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and Motel

For a camping option, Tahunanui Beach Holiday Park is a great choice. It offers powered and non-powered campsites, as well as cabins and self-contained units at affordable rates. The holiday park is located near Tahunanui Beach, and it provides facilities such as a communal kitchen, BBQ area, laundry, and a playground.

pohutakawa in Nelson, New zealand

Now you know where you’re staying in Nelson, it’s time to plan the best things to see and do (and drink) while you’re there! Check out my post for the things not to miss while exploring this awesome region! 🙂

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