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Rutherford Hotel

The Rutherford Hotel is Nelson’s only 24-hour fully-serviced hotel, offering luxurious rooms and suites – ideal for corporate travellers, families and meeting delegates. Its central location means Nelson’s many galleries and city attractions are just a stone’s throw away. All rooms have a view of the harbour, city, historic South Street or Nelson’s beautiful cathedral.

Meeting rates have been obtained, and will be published via this website in the near future. You will have the opportunity to book your accommodation via the online registration process, and will be asked to supply credit card details to secure your booking. It is strongly recommended that you book your accommodation prior to 2 July 2017 to ensure you gain the negotiated rates. After this date, rooms will be released and bookings will be subject to remaining availability.

The Rutherford Hotel has an onsite carpark - charges do apply.

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Experience Nelson

Nelson shines in many ways....

... with its wonderful outdoor environment including plenty of hiking, kayaking, cruising and biking options, wonderful retail outlets, great seafood, wine and beer, more than 300 working artists and galleries and its exceptional weather and events.

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Getting to Nelson

Nelson's location at the top of the South Island makes it very accessible from all all major New Zealand cities, whether arriving by air, by sea or by road.

By Air

Nelson has five airlines servicing the region: Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Originair, Sounds Air and air2there. For up-to-date flight information, visit the Nelson Airport Website. To obtain the best rates for international and domestic air travel, it is essential to book airfares as soon as possible.
The Rutherford Hotel, located in Nelson City, is just a short 15 minute taxi drive from Nelson Airport - please arrange your own transport from the airport. Nelson Taxis can be contacted on +64 (0)3 548 8225 to arrange your airport transfers.

By Sea

Two primary ferry companies, the Interislander and Bluebridge, provide regular vehicle and passenger access between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.
Both companies make between five and ten crossings per day between Wellington and Picton. Each crossing averages just over three hours in total.

By Road

The Nelson Tasman region is accessible by road from Christchurch, Blenheim, Picton, the West Coast and Murchison, and is well serviced by road and coach services - Nelson Coachlines and Abel Tasman Coachlines are the two regional coach services.
Driving Distances & Times:
Picton to Nelson City 144km / 2 hours
Blenheim to Nelson City 117km / 1.75 hours
Westport to Nelson City 266km / 3.25 hours
Christchurch to Nelson City 424km / 6 hours