Is Nelson Expensive?

Is Nelson expensive to visit?

Nelson is a moderately priced destination with an average daily cost of $95. Compared to the rest of the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, it is a reasonably affordable place to visit. It's ranked in the top 25% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability, comparable to places like Rotorua and Alice Springs.



Archway Islands, Wharariki Beach, New Zealand

How expensive is Nelson?

On average, visitors spend about $95 per day when visiting Nelson (U.S. Dollars). Two travelers together would spend an average of $191 per day. Prices vary dramatically by travel style and length of trip, but if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and use public transportation when possible, you can expect to stay close to this budget. See more travel costs for Nelson here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Nelson?

A weekend trip to Nelson costs about $286 per person on average, based on the previous expenses of other travelers. This includes accommodation, sightseeting activities, transportation, food, and nightlife. For two people, a weekend trip costs $573.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Nelson?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a one week trip to Nelson costs around $668 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a one week trip costs $1,337.

Is it expensive to backpack in Nelson?

Nelson is a fairly popular backpacker destination with more than 6 hostels around town. Dorm beds in hostels cost around $20 per night on average. There's a wide range in prices though, with the cheapest beds costing about $17 and the most expensive dorm beds costing around $23. (See hostel prices in Nelson here.)

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Nelson.

  • $21 for a dorm bed at Tasman Bay Backpackers
  • $18 for a dorm bed at YHA Nelson
  • $17 for a dorm bed at Bridge Backpackers

Are hotels expensive in Nelson?

Hotel prices in Nelson are very affordable compared to hotels in other cities. You can expect to spend about $88 per night for a room on average. There are around 4 five star hotels in the city and they average $113 per night. Three star hotels average $84 a night and two star hotels average $22 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Nelson
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 4 $113
4 stars 21 $108
3 stars 15 $84
2 stars 7 $22

51 Domett Street, Nelson
Overall Rating 9.7
7 Cambria Street, Nelson
Overall Rating 9.4

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Nelson?

Activities and things to do in Nelson can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $24 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is less than the country's average of $36.

    • Cruise, Walk, and Sail in Abel Tasman National Park: $126
    • Nelson City Walking Tour - Guided: $30
    • Full-Day Sailing Adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park: $165
    • Great Taste Beer Tour by Bicycle (Self-guided): $81
    • SKYWIRE Experience: $69
    • Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure: $74
    • Magical Mapua Self Guided One Day Cycle Tour: $78
    • Magical Mapua Charms in off-summer Season Selfguided Cycle Tour: $78

    Is food expensive in Nelson?

    Food in Nelson can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $28 on food per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $31. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    Is transportation expensive in Nelson?

    Local transportation in Nelson can vary in price depending on the type of transit used. Generally, other travelers have spent $29 on local transportation per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $21. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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