Nelson region

Nelson City is located in one of the most beautiful and sunny areas of New Zealand

Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.

A mild sunny climate year round and magnificent landscape from alpine lakes, and raging rivers, to wide sandy coastlines provide a backdrop for leisurely adventure from kayaking to walking to skiing, to enjoying one of the region’s many beaches.

Nelson New Zealand
Nelson New Zealand

Three National Parks are surrounded by fertile countryside providing fresh produce: berries, olives, apples and pears. Grapes and hops also thrive and are handcrafted into fine wines and thirst-quenching brews, and the surrounding bays provide the ocean’s bounty. Pick your path through rolling hills and coastal landscapes visiting gourmet food producers, boutique wineries and breweries, and the studios of an extraordinary artistic community that thrives here.

Vibrant coastal towns are full of bustling cafes, charming boutiques and funky art galleries, waiting to be leisurely explored.

Port Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia.   Fresh fish, scallops, clams and mussels feature on the menus of creative chefs. Nelson winemakers are renowned for aromatic varieties – a perfect match for seafood. Or enjoy a cold ale at the end of day exploring - craft brewers are a plenty with serious pubs and breweries aplenty.


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