Holidaymakers wanting Nelson accommodation at short notice might be struggling to find beds this summer with it shaping up to be a busy season. Nelson Motels administration officer John Gilbertson said the city's motels were booked out over the New Year period.
Visitors flocked to Nelson and Tasman for the regions' New Year celebrations and summer events. Nelson’s New Years Eve Countdown on the Church Steps attracted a crowd enjoying the music, food stalls and fireworks while outdoor movies, a buskers festival, music at the beach and opera at the park are just a few of the popular events kicking off Nelson's summer months. "It's buzzing... Basically if people haven't booked a room there's no room to be had," Gilbertson said.
Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Robert said visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 3.09 million last year – the highest-ever annual total, and an increase of 9 per cent from the previous year. "While we might expect later in January and when the schools go back that things will ease up this summer, we expect many places will be full right through to late March."
So anyone thinking about having a holiday or short break in Nelson over the rest of the summer season should book ahead as the strong demand for accommodation is expected to continue.
If you're thinking about booking your Nelson stay, have a look at what we offer at Century Park Motor Lodge - we're convenient, luxurious, comfortable and great value. We aim to provide our guests with a superb experience so come and enjoy a summer break with us and make the most of all the exciting events going on in our vibrant region.