Welcome to the Top of the South

The Nelson Tasman region

Breathtaking views in every direction

The Nelson Tasman region has an enviable Mediterranean climate that allows visitors to explore and enjoy all year round.

Summer months have long sunny days with sunset around 8.30pm - plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors. Autumn and winter months are the great times to visit with little wind – perfect for sea-kayaking, and spring is great with the burst of flowers and vines making driving around the region very picturesque. Nelson Tasman is the most diverse region to visit - glorious golf courses, wineries, artist enclaves, incredible landscapes and much more.

What's not to like about Nelson?!

Check out Nelson City Council's new video of our amazing region!


Recommended attractions

Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is proud to be a partner of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. It’s simple to join the first section of the trail from right out the front of the resort. You can follow along the Waimea Inlet to Richmond, the gateway to Tasman District, and beyond. Visit website

Bay Tours

Bay Tours is Nelson’s most experienced tour company, specialising in wine tours, art/craft tours, knowledgeable local guides, luxury vehicles - see what all the fuss is about Nelson’s fabulous art! Visit website

Wilsons Abel Tasman

An adventure company specialising in Guided Walks, Sea Kayaking, Water Taxi Transport and cruises in the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Launched in December 2008, the Abel Tasman Voyager' has a cruise and dine seating configuration with a capacity of 140 guests ideal for off-site functions with a stunning point of difference. Wilsons offer a leisure programme that combines adventure with relaxation – package a comfortable launch transfer or an exhilarating water taxi ride, with walking, sea kayaking, canoeing or simply lazing on a golden beach.

Wilsons will pick-up and drop-off collect guests from the hotel - talk to the team at the hotel reception to arrange your fabulous day out with Wilsons Abel Tasman.

Skydive Abel Tasman

Feel the Excitement, sitting at the door of the plane just as the fun begins! Tandem Skydive over the centre of New Zealand, taking in views of both islands, the Abel Tasman National Park, snow-capped mountains, golden beaches and turquoise waters... paradise! Book online or through the resort's reception; www.skydive.co.nz or 0800 422 899 See you here! Visit website

World of Wearable Art™ & Classic Cars Museum

Be inspired where art is taken off the wall to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways. As you move through the gallery you will find a tribute to automotive design and performance fuelled by man's obsession for speed, power and luxury. Relax in the café, take a stroll through the ever-changing art gallery or browse the extensive retail store. The World of Wearable Art™ & Classic Car Museum offers a unique location for evening functions, dining up to 300pax amidst one of Australasia's most prestigious classic car collections. In addition the World of Wearable Art™ gallery can be opened exclusively for your guests as part of your group event. Visit website

Happy Valley Adventures

Just 10 minutes' drive north of Nelson, your hosts Keith & Jill are keen to show you their 1600 acre farm paradise, offering a dynamic range of activity options including the thrilling Skywire, guided quad bike tours, horse trekking, paintball, safari tours and Argo rides. Make sure you ask your host the story about how they came to own the world’s longest flying fox and check out their two fully licensed venue options. They do a great gourmet BBQ for large groups and boast some incredible views across the valley from the Treetops Café, they can also cater for conference and incentive groups from two to 150 guests. Visit website


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How to get here

You can fly or drive to Nelson. Once you arrive in the city, it's only a short journey to reach Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco.

Around Monaco

Things to see and do within walking distance of, or a short drive from, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco.


The Nelson Tasman region has an enviable Mediterranean climate that allows visitors to explore and enjoy all year round.

What's On

Nelson boasts fabulous regular events plus some spectacular annual and biennial signature events.