Sportfields and courts

Nelson has a variety of sports fields and game courts around the region for your weekend sporting activities. Saxton Field and Trafalgar Park are the area's key recreation facilities.

Sports Grounds - Winter

Sports Grounds - Summer

Looking for details of whether sportfields are closed due to rain? Visit our closures page.

Saxton Field

Netballers, soccer and hockey players get good use from Saxton Field, which welcomes visitors for games of cricket, hockey, softball and netball as well as an outdoor venue for a variety of other events, including your weekend picnic! Find out what Saxton Field has to offer.

Trafalgar and Rutherford Parks

Trafalgar and Rutherford Parks have a historic significance, and they remain strategically important to the region. Click here to read about Trafalgar Park's history and uses.

Sports fields

Botanical Reserve, Milton Street, Nelson
Greenmeadows, Songer Street, Stoke
Maitai Cricket Ground, Maitai Valley Road, Nelson
Neale Park, North Road, Nelson
Saxton Field, Saxton Road, Stoke
Tahunanui Sportsfield, Beach Road, Nelson
Trafalgar Park, Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Marsden Recreation Ground, Main Road Stoke
Ngawhatu Park, Ngawhatu Road Stoke
Guppy Park, Sovereign Street
Victory square, Nelson

Public tennis courts

Nelson Community Tennis Centre, Saltwater Creek Lane, Rutherford Park
Greenmeadows, Songer Street, Stoke
Tahunanui Beach Reserve, Nelson
(Also restricted use of Tosswill Reserve courts)


Beach volleyball courts x 3 (BYO net), Tahunanui Beach Reserve, Nelson

Concrete cricket wickets

Maitai Cricket Ground (MCG), Nelson
Greenmeadows, Songer Street, Stoke (practice nets)
Victory Square (practice nets)
Botanics (practice nets)


Petanque Courts, Tahunanui Beach Reserve, Nelson
Trafalgar Park, Nelson 

Please note all Nelson City Council facilities are smokefree.

Daily Hire fees for sports fields

Saxton Oval and Trafalgar Park - $2750 incl GST or 3.5% of gross gate sales, whichever is greater. $464 incl GST for non-gated events.
All other sports fields- $1035 incl GST or 2.5% of gross gate sales, whichever is greater. $232 incl GST for non-gated events.