Welcome to Trailways Hotel Nelson


Nelson’s central-city hotel, conference centre, restaurant and bar – right on the river and just a few minutes walk from Nelson’s main shopping precinct.

Welcome to one of Nelson’s most stylish & contemporary “local” hotels. We are proudly locally owned and proudly “local” in style, atmosphere and service.

Let us look after you in our own authentically kiwi way.

Our Current Offers


Free Wifi


Free Parking


Free Gym Access


Studio


  • Number of Beds 1
  • Number of Bathrooms 1
  • Maximum number of guests 2

Stay in one of our Studio rooms and you’ll enjoy the comfort of a double bed plus a walk-in shower. You'll find these cosy and convenient rooms in two locations: one upstairs and one on the ground floor.

Poolside Accessible Studio


  • Number of Beds 1
  • Number of Bathrooms 1
  • Maximum number of guests 2

If you need to cool off in summer, you’ll love staying in one of our poolside accessible studios. Located on the ground floor, these rooms are set up to be wheelchair accessible with a roll-in shower and shower chairs available.

Poolside Studio Spa - twin


  • Number of Beds 1
  • Number of Bathrooms 1
  • Maximum number of guests 3

These studio rooms are all ground floor and have easy access to the pool. They have two double beds and an ensuite bathroom with a shower over the spa bath.

Poolside Studio Spa (Shower)


  • Number of Beds 1
  • Number of Bathrooms 1
  • Maximum number of guests 2

Stay in luxury right by the pool in one of our poolside studio spa rooms. These rooms have a King Bed or Twin (two singles) as well as a bathroom with a spa shower.

Poolside Studio Spa with Kitchen


  • Number of Beds 1
  • Number of Bathrooms 1
  • Maximum number of guests 2

Feel like doing some cooking while you stay in a Studio room? These rooms come with a kitchenette that includes a cooktop and microwave. They also contain a Queen bed and a bathroom with a shower and a spa bath.

Dining


A romantic dinner for two, family occasion, a wedding anniversary or for business entertaining, The Tides Restaurant and Bar is a multi-award winning dining experience.

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Functions & Meetings


As a conference destination, Nelson offers more with its central location in New Zealand, highest sunshine hours, arts and culture, vineyards, cafes and restaurants, outdoor recreation and 3 national parks nearby.

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Explore Nelson


Nelson is famous for its sunshine, wine, seafood, art & craft, Saturday morning open-air market, its national parks & abundance of outdoor recreation.

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What our guests say


We usually try to stay here when we visit Nelson. Great location by the river and short stroll to town. Staff always very friendly. Rooms recently refurbished and spotlessly clean and comfortable, love the spa shower! Superb dinner in the Tides Restaurant there too!

- TripAdvisor

Loved every part of my stay with Trailways Hotel! Really recommend it. Great new breakfast menu as well !! The staff are friendly. The view of the esplanade/river was delightful. The location to town was ideal with only a 1 minute walk to the main city centre of nelson!

- TripAdvisor

Located close to shopping. Rooms lovely and spacious. The bathroom floor was heated and room featured a spa bath. Bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I have slept on for several years. Restaurant had lovely menu and room service was also available. Staff were extremely helpful. Only place I will stay in Nelson from now on.

- TripAdvisor

Explore Nelson


Nelson is famous for its sunshine, wine, seafood, art & craft, Saturday morning open-air market, its national parks & abundance of outdoor recreation.

Whats on in Nelson:

30 December 2019 - Richmond Market Day.  Join the Richmond business as they bring their specials out onto the street, and the many market stallholders from all around the country as they line Queen Street.  

31 December 2019 - New Years Eve Countdown. A full family programme of entertainment and performances on the Cathedral's Church Steps culminates with a KIDS COUNTDOWN and fireworks.

2 January - 5 January 2020 - Nelson Jazz Festival.  The diversity of acts in the line-up offers something for everyone. The festival continues in its familiar format, bookended by family-friendly Twilight Picnic Concerts, kicking off at Washbourn Gardens on the 2nd of January and wrapping up at Founders Park on the 5th. Each event features a mix of local and out-of-town bands to provide hours of great summer sounds!

3 & 4 January 2020 - Bay Dreams 2020 - Trafalgar Park.  Presented by Greenroom Vodka and The Edge, Bay Dreams will return in 2020 to Trafalgar Park in Nelson, on January 4, with international superstar Tyler, The Creator confirmed as a headliner, alongside other international names including Skepta; Yelawolf and Ella Mai.

10 January 2020 - Tahuna Summer Sounds.   Live music returns to Tahunanui Beach with local musicians performing across two different stages. Interactive beach-themed games and competitions complement the live music, with prizes up for grabs.Kick back, relax and enjoy the sounds of summer by the beach at this family-friendly festival.

If wet, the events will be rescheduled to the next day (Sat 11 & Sat 18 Jan).

15 February 2020 - Opera in the Park.  Nelson Opera in the Park returns to the city, with top New Zealand opera and contemporary singers alongside our national orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.        The programme includes:  Tami Neilson, Jason Kerrison, Joel Amosa and Eliza Boom.   PLUS Pre-Concert entertainment by Nelson City Brass.  Bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere for this wonderful night of music in the open air.

16 February 2020 - Nelson Wine & Food Festival.  The Nelson Wine & Food Festival celebrates a showcase of Nelson wines, craft beers, ciders and juices. For the foodies, promotion of locally produced gourmet foods to tempt discerning taste buds. Hold onto your holiday groove, grab a friend and head to the Richmond Showgrounds for all-day entertainment. Be seated in the shade of the ‘olde” oak trees or grab a spot in the sun. 11am - 5pm.

14 March 2020 - Marchfest 2020.  Marchfest is a celebration of all things Craft Beer and an event for the whole family!  It will be held at Founders Park in Nelson - New Zealand’s main hop growing region (top of the South Island).

2020 highlights:
- Set in the historic village of Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
- 10 of the best Top of the South brews
- 5 specially selected NZ wide brews.
- Tasting bar
- Cool live music including (acts to be announced soon).
- Family-friendly entertainment, games and activities
- Local artisan food and a range of non-alcoholic beverages
- Option to join the Gourmet Beer and Food Matching Lunch.

Unlike ordinary beer festivals, all the beers available at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public.