If you are planning a visit to Nelson, you simply can’t miss taking in the vibrant atmosphere and eclectic mix of stalls at the Nelson Market. Held every Saturday, the Nelson Market is located conveniently at the very heart of Nelson City in Montgomery Square.
The market is open from 8am to 1pm and offers a wide range of fresh seasonal and organic produce; including fruit and vegetables, fish and meat products, cheeses, pickles, jams, honey and bread, as well as great coffee, live entertainment, and an excellent mix of crafts, woodwork, metalwork, toys, jewellery, fashion, handmade soaps, woollen items, possum and merino clothing, flowers, plants, pottery, glassware and so much more. The iconic Nelson Market is the perfect place for tourists and locals to experience the famous creativity of the Nelson region and its people first hand.
The Nelson Market was established over 30 years ago by Nita Knight with a focus on fresh local produce and has grown over the years to incorporate up to two hundred stalls today. The market focuses on fresh regional produce and quality handmade goods from some of Nelson’s most accomplished craftspeople and artisans. This is immediately evident when browsing the stalls, with an abundant variety of locally grown fresh and organic produce and handcrafted specialty items on offer.
Importers or sellers of international products are not allowed, but are offered the option of Monty’s Sunday Market, which offers a treasure trove of vintage clothing, tools, books, antiques, collectables, home ware, imported items, toys and much more. Monty’s Sunday market runs Sunday mornings from 8 am until 1 pm in Montgomery Square. See here for further details.
If you have a spare minute before heading out it’s well worth taking a look through the photos on The Nelson Market Facebook page. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this is definitely the case here, the photo gallery provides you with a sneak preview of some of the amazing items on offer and also some great pictures of the stall holders themselves, providing a very personal, united touch.
The Nelson Market also hosts various events throughout the year, with regular updates being posted on their Facebook page. The events range from things like the famous visit from royals, Prince Charles and Camilla, to a Flash Mob dancing the Tango. These events only add to the experience and atmosphere of the market and are worth keeping an eye out for.
Make sure you don’t miss this very special experience, catch up with friends and family over breakfast to sample some of the delicious freshly prepared food and coffee, meet with stall holders and gain insight into their produce, chat with local artists about their work, grab a bargain at one of the stalls or just to enjoy the bustling market atmosphere. Find out more about the Nelson Market here.
Finished up at the markets and want to fill in the rest of the day? Here are some ideas on the best fun things to do in within central Nelson?
Hydroslides, bumper boats and mini golf – that definitely sounds like a recipe for a fun afternoon with the kids. The Nelson Fun Park is open weekends, school holiday and public holiday during the warmer months from October through to April. Why not take along some of the yummy food discovered at the Nelson Markets and have a picnic lunch? The Nelson Fun Park is located at the Tahunanui Beach Reserve.
Part of the Nelson designated Historic Places Trust precinct, the Queens Gardens are a “classical Victorian ornamental park” situated in the heart of Nelson City. Opened in 1892 in celebration of the Queen Victoria Jubilee, Queens Gardens are a great way to while away a sunny afternoon while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful garden surrounds. Keep a look out for Cupids Fountain and the Boer War Memorial or pop in to the Suter Art Gallery for a quick afternoon coffee.
Weather packed it in or looking for something a little more sedate? The Nelson Provincial Museum operates from 10am to 4.30pm on the weekends and consists of two galleries containing both permanent and short term exhibitions. Check out the website for more information on what’s on at the Nelson Provincial Museum.
Fancy a bit of retail therapy? Jens Hansen are the original designers and makers of the very ring used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Customers are able to purchase their very own replica ring complete with Elvish engraving! The Jens Hansen The Ring Maker studio is on the corner of Trafalgar Square and Selwyn Place in Nelson’s central city.
Feel in need of some exercise to walk off the yummy treats consumed at the Nelson Market? The Centre of New Zealand monument on Botanical Hill is a great short walk for all ages. The walk takes approximately 30-60minutes depending on the pace, a well maintained track makes walking easy and some pretty amazing city wide views are the reward on offer at the top. Access is from Hardy Street or Milton Street.
Nelson is famous for its artistic and cultural influences, both within the art scene and its attractions and accommodation facilities. Visitors seeking a truly immersive Nelson experience often seek out some of the more interesting historic boutique accommodations, here are a few examples.
Located about half way between Nelson city and the Abel Tasman National Park, Bronte Lodge is one of the many top quality accommodations available as you tour the Nelson region. Bronte Lodge offers luxury waterfront suites and private villas all set on the shoreline of Nelson’s Bronte Peninsula. Guests are treated to complimentary use of the onsite heated swimming pool, petanque and tennis court. If traveling during peak season (November through March) be sure to book well in advance.
Providing boutique bed and breakfast accommodation, Warwick House is said to be one of the finest examples of early Victorian Gothic Revivalist style heritage homes remaining in New Zealand. Built in 1854 the property has enjoyed a lively history and features impressive use of New Zealand native timber interiors fittings. Breakfast is served in the Grand Ballroom, there is a well-stocked library for guests and beautiful private gardens to enjoy.
Experience the tranquil Victorian beauty of Sussex House Bed and Breakfast in its own little piece of paradise just across from the Maitai River. The charm of Sussex House extends beyond the individually themed rooms named after world famous composers out into the peaceful English garden and beyond. Sussex House is located on the corner of Bridge Street and Avon Terrace.
For more information on the where to stay or what to do in the Nelson region and beyond or rental car hire in Nelson check out the NZ Rent A Car website.
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