Upcoming Events in Nelson, Tasman

Women holding a glass on Gin in the sunshine.

Love a good G&T? Or maybe you’re a gin connoisseur?

Whatever way you like your gin, come and explore as a fabulous line up of distillers from New Zealand showcase their gins in an afternoon of pure Gindulgence.

Take your time to chat to the makers, and sample the flavours and botanicals in this great range of gins on offer.

When you’re ready, buy a refreshing G&T or signature drink, relax and soak up the atmosphere with lively background music and fabulous local food.
Bottles of your favourite gins can be purchased to take home.

Grab your gin-loving friends and kick off the Feast Whakatū celebrations with this boutique gin experience.

Tickets include a festival glass, samples from all distillers throughout the afternoon, and a lovely relaxing indoor/outdoor venue.

Gindulgence is brought to you in association with Fever-Tree and as part of Feast Whakatū.

Nelson A&P Show

With so much to see and do you won’t be bored.

Come celebrate their 129th Show with a Doggy Fashion Show at 1.30pm on Saturday, the Sunday Terrier Racing at 2pm, the Wood Chopping and Dog Trial competitions, musical entertainment from Madsen Promotions, equestrian events, market and trade stalls, shearing, Carnival, food court, Animal Barn, Sheep, Cows & Poultry. On Saturday there will be the CCNZ Top of the South Digger Skills Competition.

There are also Photography, Wine and Beer, Handcraft, Horticulture and Baking exhibits by adults as well as children.

The Great Christmas Market 2023

We love this time of the year and we love sharing our festive market and all the gorgeous handmade gifts you and your loved ones will treasure.

Founders will yet again be gracing us with its beauty and charm hosting over 100 of the region’s finest boutique makers. You’ll find unique, handmade gifts for all of your loved ones this Christmas.

We recommend you get your friends together, fill your wallet with cash (many of our stall holders won’t have EFTPOS) and come with some great big market bags.

Nelson Santa Parade

The NBS Nelson City Santa Parade will once again take to the streets of the Nelson CBD to celebrate the festive season.

With over 50 Floats the Nelson Santa Parade is the largest parade in the Top of the South. The NBS Nelson Santa Parade Trust has been busy all year creating several never seen floats and refreshing the older floats we have come to know and love.

Christmas in the Park and Multicultural Picnic

We invite you to the colorful Washbourn Gardens to celebrate Christmas with your favorite traditional and popular songs. As always, amazing Take a Chance Singers will entertain you with their festive voices. Grab Carol’s book at the entry and sing along.

But wait! That’s not all. We are also celebrating International Migrants Day with a multicultural picnic and Open Mic at 6pm, prior to the main event.

Pack your favorite food and be stoked by all the different languages and cultures we have in Tasman. Let’s make this Christmas about us all.

Rain date is December 17.

Tahunanui Beach Market

Richmond Park Market’s Free Marketeers will be found at Tāhunanui Beach Reserve from 10am – 3pm, adding colour & vibrancy to this wonderful holiday spot. Featuring food & coffee, local & imported crafts, flea marketeers, health & well-being sector, tarot readings … good times!


Summer Beach Bus

Take a fun ride around the stunning Rocks Road coastline this summer!

The Summer Beach Bus runs throughout the day between Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park and lower Trafalgar Street, stopping at Tāhunanui Beach in each direction.

Popular particularly with children, the service gives the thousands of holiday makers staying in the Tāhunanui area a car-less way of getting to the retail delights of the central city.


(N=Nelson; B = Tahunanui Beach (Bisley Walk); T = Tahuna Beach Holiday Park)

N-T: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

B-T: 10:10am, 11:10am, 12:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 4:10pm

T-B: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

B-N: 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 2:35pm, 3:35pm, 4:35pm

Leaves 75 Trafalgar Street on the hour and Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park on the half hour with a stop at Tāhunanui Beach each way.

Come and see us in Reception for tickets or pay cash on the bus.

Tahuna Summer Sounds

Live music returns to Tāhunanui Beach with local musicians performing across two different stages, plus food trucks and entertainment.

Kick back and enjoy the sounds of summer by the beach at this family-friendly festival.

If wet, the event will be rescheduled to Saturday 13 Jan.

Its On

If it’s on, it’s on www.itson.co.nz. It’s On is the official event calendar for the Nelson Tasman region and the place to look for any and all upcoming events in the area.