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Arrow Motel Apartments
There are one- to three-bedroom options at this tidy motel within walking distance of Tahunanui beach, owner-operated by cheery, enviro-committed folk. All units are self-contained; some have balcony views of the campground and estuary behind...
Lynton Lodge Motel
On the hill near the cathedral and with city views, unashamedly dated Lynton Lodge offers self-contained apartments and a guesthouse vibe – try for one of the balcony units. Affable hosts, grassy garden and super-close to town.
Nautilus Lodge Motel
A top-notch motel complex with 12 units decorated in neutral tones with low-profile furniture including European slatted beds...
Avalon Manor Motel
Prominent L-shaped motel five minutes' walk from the centre of town. Spacious four-star rooms have a contemporary vibe, with cooking facilities, Sky TV and free DVDs. Sumptuous studios have king-size beds and large flat-screen TVs...
It sounds like a regal beach fantasy, but it’s actually a cluster of bird-bombarded, eco-friendly chalets with a wood-fired sauna, outdoor spa pool, and an emphasis on family frivolities. Look for the sign 600m past the Penguin Café & Bar...
Sink into huge king-size beds in these appealing motel-style units, each with well-equipped kitchenette, spa, Sky TV and CD player...
Palazzo Motor Lodge
Hosts with the most offer a cheerful welcome at this popular, modern, Italian-tinged motor lodge. The stylish studios and one- and two-room apartments feature enviable kitchens with decent cooking equipment, classy wineglasses and a dishwasher...
Equestrian Lodge Motel
No horses, no lodge, but no matter. This is a lovely option: quiet and close to town (off Tudor St), with expansive lawns, rose gardens and shady corners. Family-friendly amenities include trampolines and a heated pool and spa...
Cedar Grove Motor Lodge
A big old cedar landmarks this smart, modern block of spacious apartments just three minutes’ walk to town. Its range of studios and doubles are plush and elegant, with cooking facilities and all the business trimmings (phone, fax, internet jack).
Trying its darnedest to create an alpine mood, this lodge has a a range of accommodation, the pick of which are the split-level doubles with mezzanine bedroom, spa and pine timberwork aplenty...
Yha Nelson Central Backpacker
A tidy, purpose-built, central hostel with high-quality facilities including a soundproof TV room (free DVDs), two well-organised kitchens and a sunny outdoor terrace. Solid service on tour and activity bookings.
Club Med for the impoverished, Paradiso is a sprawling place that lures a backpacker-body-beautiful crowd to its poolside terrace. There are two kitchens, hammocks, volleyball court, spa and sauna. Bikes for hire ($15 per day).
Accents On The Park
This perfectly positioned hostel has a hotel feel with its professional staff, balconies, groovy cafe-bar (meals around $15), movie nights with free popcorn, free daily bread and wi-fi, soundproofed rooms, quality linen, fresh bathrooms and bikes for ...
Nelson Beach Hostel
Chilled-out place close to Tahunanui Beach, 4km from town. Free bikes are available, plus there’s a pub across the road.
Tasman Bay Backpackers
Typical of Nelson’s breed of quality backpackers, this well-designed hostel has airy communal spaces, hyper-coloured rooms, a sunny outdoor deck and a well-used hammock...
Laughing Kiwi Backpackers
Constant upgrades and improvements at this smart hostel keep the punters smiling...
Abel Tasman National Park
Architecturally chaotic, this rustic place surrounded by eucalypts offers no-frills micro-cabins, and bunks and attic doubles in the main house...
Rutherford Hotel Nelson A Heritage Hotel
Centrally located in Nelson, the 4.5-star Rutherford Hotel is within easy walking distance of the city’s main shopping streets and the landmark cathedral. Guests enjoy 50 MB free Wi-Fi per day in public areas...
Abelia Motor Lodge
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Tahunanui Beach, Abelia Motor Lodge offers self-contained accommodation with beautiful views over the mountains and Abel Tasman National Park. It features a lovely garden with outdoor seating, and a portable BBQ...
Mapua Chalets offers self-contained cottages with kitchen facilities, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access. Each features stunning views across Tasman Bay to Nelson and the Richmond Ranges...
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco
Overlooking the Waimea Inlet, The Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco village-style resort features the award-winning Orangerie Restaurant. Facilities include a spa, a swimming pool and a complimentary airport shuttle upon request...
Peppers Awaroa Lodge
Set in Abel Tasman National Park, Peppers Awaroa Lodge offers contemporary accommodation surrounded by native gardens and beach. There is a restaurant, café and a bar on site...