Plan Your Stay

About Nelson Tasman


The Cawthron Open Oceans Symposium is being held in Nelson Tasman, New Zealand where Cawthron Institute is located. Nelson Tasman is a place of stunning natural landscapes – lakes, mountains, rivers, native bush, beaches. We have it all easily within reach, whether you’re arriving via ferry from the North Island, flying into our airport, or driving here from the South.

Nelson Tasman is a hub of activity all year round, offering the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor adventures for those long summer nights and crisp winter mornings.

Whether you choose to indulge in the artistic essence of the region, the plethora of golden sandy beaches that stretch from the city through to the bay, or the spectacular network of walking and cycling trails, a visit to Nelson Tasman is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish.

Visit to find out more and plan some activities when you’re not attending the Open Oceans Symposium.



The Rutherford Nelson
27 Nile St
Nelson 7010

The Rutherford Hotel is the Symposium venue.

The Rutherford Hotel (named after Sir Ernest Rutherford) is a luxury accommodation hotel in Nelson, New Zealand. It is the biggest hotel in Nelson,and the city’s tallest building.

Please note there are a small number of rooms being held for Symposium.

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Room rates & availability are based on the time of booking.

Alternative accommodation

If there are no rooms available, we suggest the following accommodation options, all within walking distance of the Symposium venue.

Bookings must be made directly with the accommodation providers

Palazzo Motor Lodge
159 Rutherford Street
Nelson 7010

Located a quick 2-minute walk from the conference venue.
Palazzo Motor Lodge offers quality stylish and spacious motel accommodation

Room rates & availability are based on the time of booking.

Trailways Hotel
66 Trafalgar St, The Wood
Nelson 7010

Located centrally and one of Nelson’s most stylish & contemporary “local” hotels. Proudly locally owned and proudly “local” in style, atmosphere, and service.

Room rates & availability are based on the time of booking.

Quest Hotel
108 Collingwood Street
Nelson 7010

Located less than 10 minutes walk through town from the Symposium venue.
Quest Apartment Hotels offer spacious serviced apartment style hotel rooms.

Room rates & availability are based on the time of booking.

Dining Out


From formal dining to al fresco, Nelson has a great array of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. We recommend that if you plan on dining out while in Nelson that you book a table in advance and enjoy!

Getting to Nelson


Located at the Top of the South Island, Nelson Tasman is highly connected to other parts of the country.

Whether you prefer to take a scenic drive, sit back and relax on a bus, fly with one of our many airlines or catch a ferry from Wellington, there are a variety of transport options available to suit your travel needs.

Nelson Airport is one of the country’s busiest regional airports with up to 600 flights in and out per week. Check out the following airlines for flight details.​