Nelson Journals

Nelson - New Zealand's Beautiful Little City

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A June 2008 trip to Nelson by Red Mezz

Accents on the Park Photo, Nelson, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Bright and cheerful - in a stunning location with loads to do both in and around the town, and many great places to stay - Nelson quickly became my favorite little city in New Zealand.

Lambrettas

Restaurant | "Great Cofffee and Excellent Atmosphere"

Lambrettas Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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Situated in an excellent location just off the main street of the little city of Nelson, is Lambretta's cafe. Just a few minutes walk from several hostels and hotels, the park main strip of Nelson - this is another great cafe to stop in and relax or have a bite to eat while you decide where next to go in the area. The best thing about Nelson is probably the selection of restaurants and cafes - for a place of it's size the selection is excellent. And even with the great selection on offer in the city - in the months I stayed in the area, Lambrettas quickly became one of my two favourite places to stop in. One of the best things about Lambrettas is the size. A very spacious ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2009

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

Cafe Affair

Restaurant | "Best Little Spot to Dine or Relax in Nelson"

Cafe Affair Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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In a little city filled to the brim with wonderful restaurants and nice little cafes, Cafe L'Affair was easily my favorite, and one that I returned to time and time again in the two months I stayed in the Nelson area. Located right at the corner of Trafalgar street and right in view of the Nelson Park, this is a fantastic place to go and relax, have a laugh, sit in the sun, dine in, or just have a coffee while you plan the next stage of your journey. Both a restaurant and a cafe, this is a very friendly place with excellent service that you can come in for an afternoon coffee and cake, a wonderful little lunch, or a spectacular and not too pricey dinner. I really can not ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2009

Cafe Affair
295 Trafalgar Street
Nelson
+64 (3) 548 8295

Shortbread Cottage

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Hotel | "Very Welcoming Atmosphere"

Shortbread Cottage Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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The first of four hostels I stayed at in what became my favourite little city in New Zealand, Shortbread Cottage is a nice little option for the price. Nelson is an excellent and accessible little city, with lots of activities and things to do in the area and in the city itself – and Shortbread Cottage is in easy walking distance of the town centre. The most notable thing about Shortbread is it's patrons. An excellent couple and an extremely friendly atmosphere. This hostel left me feeling much more like I was visiting a friend's parents than it did that I was staying in a hostel. There were predominantly backpackers staying there, most of them coming and going from the acti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2009

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

Green Monkey

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Hotel | "Possibly the Best Low Priced Accomodation in Nelson"

Green Monkey Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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All in all, the hostel options in Nelson were very, very good. The prices were very good for anywhere in New Zealand, and they generally offered more and were more pleasant than many others that we visited on our year in the country. And the Green Monkey was one that we revisited time and again. In fact, in the two months we were in and around Nelson, we stayed there three times. There were a few very unfortunate aspects to the stay there which did keep it from being my favourite hostel in the country – but there were also many very good benefits, which were certainly reason enough to return. First of all, the price was very good. We got a good sized private doub...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2009

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

Almond House Backpackers

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Hotel | "A Great Place for Families"

Almond House Backpackers Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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Of the four hostels I stayed at in Nelson, this one is probably the hardest to review. It was a rather strange place, and though seemed very good in many aspects, was also just a rather odd experience. In a very nice area, in view of the surrounding Nelson hills in the middle of a nice and quiet little neighborhood – it is initially a good spot. Very easy to find with a large and colorful mural on the outside wall, and plenty of free parking, this is a hostel that is also in very easy reach of town. (a few minutes by car – ten or fifteen walking.) It is also the cheapest hostel we stayed at in Nelson at $56 per night for a private double room with shared bathroom, and one o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2009

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

Accents on the Park

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Hotel | "An Odd Combination of Splendid and Disappointing..."

Accents on the Park Photo, Nelson, New Zealand
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Though the most expensive hostel I stayed at in Nelson – this is a really stunning and unique hostel. This really is a luxury hostel, as it claims in it's advertising. Beautifully set in a stunning old town house adjoining the Nelson park, Accents on the Park is impeccably put together. Each room is really beautifully decorated, and extremely comfortable, many with a view of the park. The common room is also very nice, with a good selection of books, but only one couch which does make for a slightly inconvenient setting given how many rooms there actually are in Accents. This one, again – is a rather difficult one to review for it's paradoxes. It is beautiful, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2009

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

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Red Mezz

Red Mezz
Inverness, United Kingdom

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