Nelson Cathedral

Nelson Cathedral has a beautifully expansive acoustic for chamber music and it is where we stage our Cathedral by Candlelight concerts.

The Premium and Standard seating section in the Cathedral have good sight lines as well as excellent acoustics. However, seats in the aisles have restricted views because of pillars and these seats are sold as general admission at much reduced prices.

We use the Cathedral with the kind permission of the Dean.

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Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal is the oldest wooden theatre still in use in the Southern Hemisphere. It was built in 1878 on market gardening land by a company of Oddfellows. Nelson was a town of just 6,000 yet 1,000 people crammed in on opening night!

The Theatre was completely refurbished in 2011 and offers excellent audience comfort with clear sight lines to the stage. The Festival has engaged leading acousticians Marshall Day to design a sound shell which will transform the acoustics to make them suitable for chamber music.

The Theatre Royal will be our piano venue for the duration of the Festival and will house the Nelson School of Music's Steinway piano.

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Mahana Estates

Previously known as Woollaston Estates, this spectacular venue is the choice for the Gala Dinner.

Set in a beautiful vineyard, the main hall is cathedral-like in terms of acoustics and stature, with art work bedecked on the walls. It is the perfect venue to start a sumptuous week of fine food, wine and music!


Suter Theatre

The Suter Gallery has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and will be a central attraction for Festival goers, as a venue for our Festival Conversations and Meet The Artist Sessions, but also as a fine Gallery with attached cafe.

It'll be a central daytime meeting place to peruse exhibitions and meet for coffee.



Lake Rotoiti Chapel

Set in the wondrous Nelson Lakes National Park, the Lake Rotoiti Chapel at St Arnaud offers a delightful venue to present this year's first Up Close event.

The stage (alter) is backed by a large picture window offering stunning views over the mountains and through the bush.

Always a favourite with our Festival Pass holders.


Waimea West

Saints Peter and Paul Church

This delightful historic church at Waimea West is the choice for the second Up Close event. Built in 1855 the church offers a good acoustic and a wonderfully intimate concert experience.



East Street Cafe

Welcome to the official Festival Cafe for 2017!

East Street serves amazing vegetarian food and will be open for after concert socialising.

What's more, we're thrilled to announce that we will schedule a series of after concerts music sessions in East Street, including a series of Jazz evenings curated by New York based kiwi Jazz musician Edward Ware. Watch out for the our after hours music in the published programme.




Click on the map icon to download a printable map of central Nelson that shows all the venues.