Don’t let the winter blues get you down. There is so much on offer here in Nelson & Tasman to keep you entertained. Markets, music and sporting events galore. Here is a selection of what’s on in winter to get you started.

Markets and Festivals

Nelson Farmers Market – This fantastic market is held on the Boulevard along the Maitai walkway. You can enter by walking along the Maitai walkway, enter by the Library. You also drive down Paru Paru road and park. Starting from 8 am until 2 pm every Wednesday, rain or shine, there is something there sure to please everyone. The market focuses on local food related businesses, things to eat straight away, takes home and a wonderful selection of fresh produce. For more information please check out the link.

The Nelson Market – Held every Saturday Morning from 8 am until 1 pm. This market showcases the best Nelson has to offer in the way of produce, arts and crafts. The perfect stop for lunch and with so many samples to try, you will be sure to find some tasty treats to take home for later. Enjoy the most amazing collection of locally designed and made clothing for the whole family. For a full list of everything on offer click here.

Valley to view – A Country Fair with a difference! Held at the Cable Bay Adventure Park on Sunday the 26th August from 10 am till 3 pm, you will find Music, food, entertainment for the little ones and of course the main event, the market itself. There will be mountain biking for the grown ups. A cost of $2 for the fair (and family loop mountain biking tracks) and $5 per an Adult mountain biker. Tickets available on the day.

Cherry Blossom Festival – This free event is held at the picturesque Myazu gardens. Held on September 23rd from 11.30 am, this even celebrates the culture of our sister city in Japan. Surrounded by the cherry blossoms there will be music, food and entertainment galore.


Nelson Symphony Orchestra – Saturday the 30th June starting 7.30 pm at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. Titled Vienna, this night will wow you with guest conductor John Rimmer and will feature violin concerto soloist John Thomson and focus on works from Viennese composers. Tickets are $27 for Adults, $5 for children and $56 for a family pass (4 people).

The Wizard of Oz – From 25-29 July and 1-4 August starting at 7.00 pm. Come and watch Dorothy and her trusty crew navigate their way through Oz. Held at the Nelson Musial Theatre tickets are $27.50 per an Adult, $17.50 per a child and $85 for a family of 4. You can pre-purchase tickets and choose your seats at, Nelson i-SITE and the Theatre Royal Nelson.

Sporting Events

Ocean Lodge 5km winter series – Choose from 1 race or all 4, starting on the 4th July from the Ocean Lodge and consecutive 11, 18 and 25 July . Walkers head off at 6 pm and runners at 6.15 pm. Tickets are only $3 per person and you can enter on the night. All abilities welcome.

6 Hour mid-winter breakout – One of Nelson’s biggest biking events, this year’s ride will be held on the 24th June at Rabbit Island. This event focuses on fun as much as it does the riding itself. Costumes are encouraged but not compulsory. You can enter in teams from 2-4 or for the true adventure there is a solo category. For all the details on age limits, times and entry details click the link.

The Dun Run – Called rugged but runable, this is a race to test. Starting from the Maitai Dam, heading up the Coppermine and down the Dun mountain trail this course is 26km in total. Starting on the 1st September there are several start times on offer for various abilities. For more details about the course itself and how to enter check out the link.

For a full list of what’s on in winter for sporting events, music, festivals, markets and family entertainment have a look at itson. So head on out and make the most out of winter.

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Brent Palmer – Professional Real Estate Consultant

About the Author: The above article on What’s on in Winter was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media. You can contact Brent Palmer here, or at 027 544 9921.

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