The Trafalgar Centre

The Trafalgar Centre is Nelson Tasman’s largest multi-purpose spectator sports and events arena. Built in the early 1970s, the Centre has a history of hosting major cultural and entertainment events and exhibitions.

The Trafalgar Centre is just a 10-minute stroll to Nelson's vibrant city centre and a 15-minute ocean-side drive from the airport.

Recently upgraded and earthquake strengthened, the Centre was named the 2019 EVANZ Medium Venue of the Year.

It contains two key spaces, the Main Arena and the new Northern Extension. 

The Main Arena is ideal for sports events, trade shows, concerts, and conference and awards dinners. Book alone or in addition to the elegant new northern extension. 
The Northern Extension is a new, light-filled venue, opening onto surrounding gardens and waterways. Ideal for mid-scale events, private, corporate and community gatherings. Book with the main hall to create a ticketing, pre-function, break-out or exhibition space. 

Where is the Trafalgar Centre? 

The Trafalgar Centre sits on the west bank of the Maitai River, opposite Nelson’s Trafalgar Park.

Booking the Trafalgar Centre

If you would like to place a booking or enquire about availability, please contact our Venue Manager at: or 03 539 1301Or you can fill out the Booking Enquiry Form.

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Venue information 

Venue Details 

Main arena  

Northern Extension 

Floor area 




Standing 4500 

Standing 450 


Stadium 2300 

Theatre 300 


Theatre 2300 

Banquet 250 


Banquet 700 



Sprung timber 

Carpet and tile 

Flexible seating 

Raked grandstands, floor seating and VIP options 

Floor seating 


Large modular concert stage 

Modular risers 


Car parks 200, coach parking 5 and on-street parking 



Male 4, female 4, accessible 6 


Changing rooms 

6 team, 2 referee 



Full catering kitchen, cool store, chillers and bar 



Choose your preferred caterer 



Choose your preferred ticketing agent 


Loading Docks 

1 large internal truck bay plus 5 external loading sites 


Sound and Visual 

PA, scoreboard and TV screens available 



Ultra-fast broadband. Password protected 


Accessible access 



Events office 



Please note all facilities are smoke-free. 

  • Venue Details
  • Venue Type: Premium Sporting
  • Event Types: Concert Conference Dinner Exhibition Festival Function Meeting Sport Wedding
  • Capacity: 4500
  • Floor Area: 2700 m2
  • Facilities: Bar Chairs Commercial Kitchen Projector and Screen Stage Tables Toilet WIFI
    • Trafalgar Centre Ground Floorplan
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    • Trafalgar Centre Upper Floorplan
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  • Area: Nelson
  • Address: Paru Paru Road, 7010, New Zealand View Map
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