Our Region

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 geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains.tahunanui beach

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.

Nelson CityMany people believe Nelson has the best climate in New Zealand, as it regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine hours. It’s a region abuzz, humming with a vibrant arts scene, and offering year round music and events. There are plentiful shops, cafes, restaurants and boutique wineries and breweries to delight the shopper and gourmet. The huge range of outdoor activities and sporting facilities in an abundance of parks, reserves, beaches and snow fields excite those who enjoy their recreation in the fresh air, and this will give your family unheard of opportunities that Kiwis regard as a right rather than a privilege.

Add to this locally grown produce, freshly caught seafood, historical streetscapes and waterfront restaurants and you’ll see that it offers a thoroughly pleasurable way of life. West of Nelson there are vineyards to discover and fascinating beach towns to enjoy, and only a little further on it’s easy to access any of three National Parks and both Nelson and the region boasts world-class scenery.

cable bayThe Nelson region is unique in New Zealand, having three national parks – each of which has a distinct look and feel. Kahurangi is wild and huge, with a heart of solid rock. Nelson Lakes is elegant, calm and alive with birdsong. Abel Tasman is small, sea-washed and incredibly beautiful – rocky headlands and bright golden beaches.



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