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A June 2008 trip to Nelson by svearvaldyr

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Quote: Nelson sits at the northern end of the South Island of sunny New Zealand, north of the Marlborough wine region. Lots to do, plenty to see, great little city.

Nelson Market

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Attraction | "A Nelson institution - the Saturday market"

Nelson Market Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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One of the best things to do in Nelson is the weekly Saturday markets in Montgomery Square. Every Saturday morning the square fills up with stallholders from about 9 or 10am, depending on the weather. They open till 1pm and - unlike many other markets - they do seem to hang around until that time. The closing time for markets tends to be the time when the last stall packs away but this one keeps operating right up till it's time to go. Be warned though that if the weather is really bad (which is very rare indeed in Nelson) then the market may not show up at all, so if you're counting on it then check the weather in advance and cross your fingers that they weather forecast is actually right for a c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Nelson Market
Montgomery Square
Nelson

Lambrettas

Restaurant | "Italian Themed Coffee Shop in Nelson"

Lambrettas Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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Conveniently located at 204 Hardy Street, about five minutes' walk from Trafalgar Street, Lambrettas is a high quality cafe with a really good atmosphere and a unique, 50s kind of feel to it. The considerable frontage is easy to spot, with outdoor seating and several Lambretta scooters dotted about the place. The decor is very 50s diner, which isn't something you find very often in New Zealand. The counter staff are chirpy and friendly and really know what they're doing with that coffee machine. The menu is pretty straightforward and a little pricey, but the food is very good for upmarket NZ cafe fare. Again with the coffees, the usual selection is on offer and it's perhap...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Lambrettas
204 Hardy Street
Nelson
+64 (3) 545-8555

Caffe L'Affair

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Restaurant | "Caffe L'Affair - great food, great coffee ..."

Caffe L'Affair Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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On the left hand side of Trafalgar Street, right up the top end as you face Trafalgar Park, you find this little gem of a cafe. They do excellent coffee - probably the best coffee I had while I was in New Zealand, which is pretty impressive because that is one thing that the Kiwis do very well. We stopped in there many times for a latte or cappuccino (or indeed their plain coffee, which is also excellent) while we were wandering around Nelson's highways and byways. The decor is very well done. All very tasteful, well thought out and a great blend of rustic and modern that makes you feel very much at home as soon as you walk in the door. The outside seating is great when the sun is out...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Almond House Backpackers

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Hotel | "Almond House - Mid-Range, Decent Hostel in Nelson"

Almond House Backpackers Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson has a broad range of accommodation on offer, some better than others, and I think that Almond House would fall somewhere in the middle of the pack. It's very easy to spot from the street (Grove Street), with a big mural plastered across the front wall in front of the building. It's a modern strucutre, without a whole lot of character, but it's efficient and pretty orderly at what it does. The way the hostel is arranged is a little odd. The main building you see when you pull up is actually the home of the couple who own and run the place. The hostel part is round the back in a set of small units - several doubles and a dorm - and it shares the recreational area with the owners'...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Almond House Backpackers
63 Grove Street
Nelson
+64 3 545 6455

Green Monkey

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Hotel | "Best Hostel in Nelson - the Green Monkey"

Green Monkey Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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This superb little hostel was up for sale when we stayed there, so I can't guarantee that things will be the same, but when we visited it was the best of the hostels on offer. Not the flashiest, by any means, but for the price we paid it had a great atmosphere, good facilities, friendly and helpful owners and really good hot chocolate to boot! We stayed in one of their double rooms, for $56 a night, which got us a very clean, very nicely decorated and spacious room with a great bed and our own TV. It was somewhere we kept coming back to, but if you do decide to stay here make sure you book ahead of time, as they only have two double rooms and two dorm rooms, which are often filled with ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Green Monkey
129 Milton Street
Nelson
+64 3 545-7421

Accents on the Park

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Hotel | "5 Star Hostel in the Heart of Nelson"

Accents on the Park Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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This is a tricky one to review. It's beautifully decorated, first of all. When you walk in the front door you could easily be walking into a good hotel, with a very professional looking reception area and plush furnishings throughout. Parking is available for $3 a night, there's a broad range of room types available and we stayed in one of their mid-range doubles. The kitchen is a little small for a hostel this big, but is very clean and very well organised with plenty of eating space and lots of fridge space (and gas cookers, which is always a bonus). It closes at 10pm though, and they don't allow you to take food or drink up into the hostel itself. This was my main grip...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Accents on the Park
335 Trafalgar Square
Nelson
+64 3 548 4335

Shortbread Cottage

Hotel | "Simple, Friendly Accommodation at Shortbread Cottage"

Shortbread Cottage Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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I read a lot of reviews of this quiet little hostel, all talking about the wonderful homemade shortbread that will greet you on arrival. Unfortunately, this seems to be a thing of the past as it was nowhere to be seen when we stopped over for the night. The cottage is on Elliot Street, about five to ten minutes walk from Nelson's pleasant and relaxed town centre, but far enough away in a very peaceful little side street that it stays clear of the noise and the paid parking zones. It also has a nice little garden patio which would be a great spot for a BBQ in the warmer months. The communal areas are really pleasant - quite well equipped with a log burning fire, laundry facilities, nice b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Shortbread Cottage
33 Trafalgar Street
Nelson
+64 (03) 546 6681

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