Nelson Tasman is surprisingly diverse and nowhere is that more evident than in the range of events we host every year.

With over 400 flights in and out of Nelson Tasman each week, our region is highly connected to the rest of the country, making it the perfect getaway spot for a weekend away or a short visit to experience one of the unmissable events on offer.

Our year-round entertainment calendar includes a range of locally, nationally and internationally-renowned events, such as the bi-annual Light Nelson Festival, Arts Festival, Art Expo, Fringe Festival, Adam Chamber Music Festival, MarchFest, Cider Festival, Superclub Netball, and Buskers Festival.

In the warmer months you can picnic and enjoy an alfresco movie, or watch your favourite band perform in a local vineyard, whilst the colder months see you savouring the taste of delicious local cuisine at a moveable feast extravaganza, or rugging up for a stroll through the illuminated utopia at Queens Gardens. Autumn and Spring abound in a celebration of our regions extraordinary depth of arts and artisans, with beer and cider festivals, and a range of artistic events and performances on display.

Wairua Warrior - Saturday March 16th

Wairua Warrior - Saturday March 16th

An obstacle course race that challenges your strength, endurance and mental attitude, the Wairua Warrior is back again in 2019 with a brand new layout. Set at Cable Bay Adventure Park, participants will navigate undulating muddy terrain, rivers, as well as a range of natural and man-made obstacles.

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Bryan Adams - Saturday March 16th

Bryan Adams - Saturday March 16th

Bryan Adams is a Grammy-winning artist with a thirst for performing. His unique take on live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers of our time, and he's coming to shine a light here in Nelson Tasman this March!

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Mainland Tactix vs Northern Mystics - Sunday March 24th

Mainland Tactix vs Northern Mystics - Sunday March 24th

Experience the exhilaration of a Mainland Tactix home game as the two teams take on the challenge to win the ANZ Premiership title. Known as the world's most intensely fought, captivating and innovative female sports league, the ANZ Premiership is one not to be missed!

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Nelson Heritage Festival - April 1st - April 30th

Nelson Heritage Festival - April 1st - April 30th

The Heritage Festival presents a series of events that celebrate and recognise the wealth of history that is present in Nelson/Whakatu. Running throughout April, the festival programme features the stories of people and place, and is an extraordinary learning experience.

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K2M - Saturday May 25th

K2M - Saturday May 25th

From the famous Kaiteriteri Beach to the idyllic Mapua Estuary, challenge yourself to a scenic run, walk or cycle along the Great Taste Trail. With marathon, relay, half marathon and 10km options, there's something for everyone to participate in and smash those 2019 goals.

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Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival - May 31st - June 3rd

Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival - May 31st - June 3rd

Experience the very best in authentic traditional Irish music with internationally acclaimed musicians at the Ceol Aneas Festival. With Ceili Dance, a festival highlight concert, and irish music sessions happening all around town, the festival encourages everyone to come along and join the fun!

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Plus So Much More!

Plus So Much More!

There's always something exciting happening here in the Top of the South, and Nelson Tasman is renowned as an events destination all year round. You can browse a selection of other upcoming events below.

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