When attending MarchFest from out-of-town, here are a few ideas on local accommodation
The Quality Inn

MarchFest’s preferred accommodation supplier:

Located in central Nelson, the relaxing and affordable Quality Inn Nelson will look after all your accommodation, dining and conference requirements. Choose from a studio, 1 and 2-bedroom units and apartments, all with complimentary WiFi, and wind down in their outdoor swimming pool and BBQ area after a busy day spent in sunny Nelson.

Trailways Hotel

Welcome to Trailways Hotel, one of Nelson’s most stylish and contemporary venues. We are centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson’s central shopping precinct, theatres, cultural and sporting attractions, restaurants and cafés, the information centre, and close to the scenic waterfront.

Paradiso Hostel

We offer a wonderful travellers home with a vibrant warm atmosphere where many friendships have been made and lots of travel experiences shared. Paradiso Hostel offers a solar heated pool, a hot spa, a sauna, free wireless internet, a beach volleyball court and many other games. It’s is located only 650m from the City Centre and 700m from Founders Park, where the MarchFest will take place.

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Has accommodation for up to 210 guests, one and two bedroom cottages, studios and hotel rooms. Our beautifully furnished cottages are the main feature of the Monaco Resort creating a welcoming village feel. Each cottage is uniquely furnished with French doors that open onto your own courtyard. A stunning lobby welcomes you, enclosed by a timber-beamed ceiling it’s a quiet place to have a relaxing drink in the evening, looking out to scenic views across the Monaco Peninsula.


With the search completely in your own hands, Trivago can help you to find the perfect accommodation to meet your needs while in Nelson for Marchfest! Whether your looking for the cheapest prices, the perfect location, or the general level of satisfaction, Trivago has the answer for you.

Cedar Grove

Very centrally located on Trafalgar Street, a short walking distance from the Information Centre and just a few minutes walk from Nelson City Centre. There are plenty of opportunities for day trips to the Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay and Cedar Grove Motor Lodge also has two complimentary bikes / helmets & locks available to guests which they can use to travel around Nelson.

Aurora Backpackers

Welcome to Aurora Backpackers/Hostel in sunny Nelson, right in the centre of town on Trafalgar Street! We are located literally in the centre of Nelson city, the sunshine capital of New Zealand, and the Centre of New Zealand itself is right up the hill from us. We are 2 minutes walk from both the Intercity bus stop and the Information Centre.

Delorenzos Apartments

Enjoy beautifully appointed, 5-star accommodation with luxurious super king bed, spa bath, sky television, high speed cabled broadband, CD/Stereo, BBQ area and loads of character and charm. DeLorenzos Studio Apartments are only a 20 minute walk from the MarchFest site.

Palazzo Motor Lodge

Located in the heart of Nelson, New Zealand, Palazzo Motor Lodge offers Italian inspired luxury accommodation at great value prices. Our 16 apartments offer a range of flexible options and ensure you have a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Riverlodge Motel

The Riverlodge is in a quiet street facing the picturesque Maitai River. Guests can take a short stroll to central Nelson’s cafes restaurants and shops, parks and art galleries, beautiful botanical gardens and historic landmarks, swim at the nearby heated pool, exercise in their gym, or picnic on the riverbank.

Rutherford Hotel

The Rutherford Hotel offers a range of accommodation to suit all types of travellers, with a full complement of dining options – two restaurants and a bar, along with 24-hour room service. The hotel boasts a prime spot only minutes walk from Nelson’s landmark cathedral and main shopping district (including just a block away from Jens Hansen Goldsmiths, creators of the ring in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy), and an equally good base from which to explore the great outdoors – with three national parks, sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness at your doorstep.

Trafalgar Lodge

Located at 46 Trafalgar Street, the main street of Nelson, Trafalgar Lodge is a 200 metre walk to the city centre and the Nelson Information Centre. Trafalgar Lodge comprises of both a motel complex and a separate 100 year old Lodge. Each of the lodge rooms and motel units have cable television, telephone and free wireless internet.

Waimarie on Riverside

Waimarie offers central Nelson motel accommodation in a great location with an attractive garden setting beside the Matai River. It’s only a few minutes walk from the apartments to Nelson’s main shopping area, cafes, restaurants, Tourist Info Centre, bus depot, movies, Trafalgar Park & Centre, Founders Park and the very popular Saturday morning market.


YHA Nelson is a comfortable and popular 5-star hostel in the heart of sunny Nelson city and close to iconic cafes and restaurants. Use the YHA Nelson hostel as a convenient backpacker accommodation base to explore the region. YHA Nelson’s backpacker accommodation and facilities are suitable for groups and disabled guests, and the two well-equipped kitchens allows for a dedicated kitchen when large groups come to stay

Nelson Holiday Accommodation

If you’re looking for somewhere relaxing to stay after a day of great beer, food and music at Marchfest, try Bookabach for holiday homes in Nelson City.

Collingwood Manor

Whether you’re looking for a social atmosphere or a private retreat, Collingwood Manor Boutique Bed and Breakfast is the perfect destination, balancing the divide between a social Bed & Breakfast and a private Boutique Hotel. Our personal touches, attention to detail and here to help attitude, is what will make your stay here unique, supremely comfortable and memorable. We also offer free transport to and from Nelson airport and bus station.

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