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World Championship FD Class

Nelson Information – General, Accommodation & Transport

Event Location Information
Nelson is a small provincial center, located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
For those who attended the 2008 Worlds in Napier, Nelson is a similar size and has many parallels to Napier, in both on shore activities and on the water. Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other and the region is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park. It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism
Further general information can be found at,_New_Zealand


General Visitor Information
The start point for this information is a visit to

This website provides information on:-
–  Accommodation options
– Options on how to get to Nelson
– Places to visit in Nelson and in the Nelson region
– Building of travel Itinerary for visiting other parts of New Zealand
– Local events, activities and adventures
– Arts and culture
– Food, wine and beer, shopping and markets

Also, if competitors are on Facebook they may want to ‘like’ the ‘I love Nelson Tasman’ Facebook page., as this will keep them up to date with places to visit and things to do in the region.

All of this information is free and should competitors want to make bookings for accommodation or activities the iSite do not charge for their booking and itinerary building service.

For any further assistance from a local expert, competitors can contact Dorothy, who is the manager of the Nelson i-Site directly on


Holiday Nelson Website

The organising organisation has also negotiated a favourable deal with the website that specialise in holiday home and apartment rental. We have been provided with the promo code FLYINGDUTCHMAN that will allow any participant to the Flying Dutchman 2019 World Championship to get a 10% discount on their accommodation if they book a property on their website for a stay between 11 Feb and 21 Feb 2019.



The Tahuna Beach Holiday Park is one of the largest camping grounds in the southern hemisphere and only 3kms from the Nelson Yacht Club.

The trip between the camp is flat and follows the shoreline around to the club, so around a 5min drive 35min walk or 15min cycle

There are multiple different accommodation options available from Backpackers, Camping (powered and un-powered) and Motel Units

More information on this can be found at on this video


Transport and getting around


One thing to note that is not well documented is the lack of public transport available in Nelson, there is a localised bus service, but this is definitely not up to the standards of large cities in terms of route options and service regularity.


Getting around on pushbikes is a safe option, and there are options to hire bikes locally for this


There are various hire vehicles are readily available at reasonable prices locally.

The usual international companies can be found here

Other local companies that may offer more competitively priced options are RaD, Zoom and Omega