The Rutherford Hotel

27 Nile Street W, Nelson 7010
Tel: 03 548 2299  view on map

The conference will be held at the Rutherford Hotel.  We’re delighted to be able to hold our conference here and are sure that you’ll enjoy your conference experience at the Rutherford Hotel.

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.

We have negotiated special conference accommodation rates, and block booked accommodation, which will be available to delegates at the time of registering.

Getting here

By Air – Remember to book early to get the best fares!

Air New Zealand, Sounds Air and KiwiAir operate regular flights into and out of Nelson Airport.

Originair is a new operator on the market and is now operating flights between Nelson and Palmerston North and Nelson and Wellington.

Jetstar also plan to start regional flights in and out of Nelson from December and online bookings for July are available now.

Nelson Taxis can take care of your travel arrangements from the airport to the Rutherford Hotel. There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal but you can also pre-book a taxi by calling  (03) 548 8225.

By Bus Intercity Coachlines

By Car Please click here  for map and directions.

Nelson – NZ’s Sunshine Capital


Why don’t you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of New Zealand and extend your stay past the conference?  Nelson is the sunshine and creative arts capital of New Zealand. You really should not miss the opportunity to visit the iconic Nelson Market which runs every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.  We can guarantee that you’ll be tempted in to making a purchase or two!  You can find more information about the market here

With an abundance of outdoor activities and sight seeing opportunities within an hour or two, or even just going for a wander around town or on the beach, it is a fantastic place to visit.

Some of these include:

    • Seakayaking and/or hiking through the Abel Tasman National Park
    • Various walks/hikes/bike trails through the Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park (especially the Heaphy Track)
    • 25 local wineries and 11 boutique craft breweries to sample
    • A wealth of wonderful cafe’s to sit and relax
    • Amazingly clear waters at Te Waikoropupu Springs, Golden Bay
    • Exploring the hillsides by horseback, quad-bike and skywire
    • The home of World of Wearable Art® Museum

You can view the Nelson Visitor Guide by CLICKING HERE

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