Things to do on a rainy day in Nelson

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Even New Zealand's sunniest region gets the odd rainy day. Here are some suggestions to keep you busy and entertained in Nelson, come rain or shine.

Wine tasting

With its Mediterranean climate and sunny days, the Nelson Tasman area is famous as New Zealand’s aromatic wine capital. For fans of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Rose and Viognier varieties a visit to one (or more) of the region’s 26 wineries is a must – and perfect for a rainy day.

World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum

Find out how a small show promoting a local art gallery grew into the largest single arts and fashion event in the Southern Hemisphere with a visit to the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. Gain a sneak peak ‘backstage’ into the extensive wardrobe and art collection that resides behind closed doors at the museum. For car fanatics, everything from the old to the new is on display with over 150 vehicles at any one time available to view.

Meet the artist

Nelson has a quirky, arty culture – over 250 artists choose to call the region home. Experience their unique artwork first-hand by visiting them in their homes with a tour from Wine, Art and Wilderness – choose from a private one-on-one viewing to personal tutoring in artistic pursuits as varied as painting, ceramics and sculpture.

Nelson’s Craft Beer Brewing Trail

Beer is central to the local culture of the Nelson-Tasman region; dating back to the first New Zealand settlements in the 1840s. Craft breweries of all sizes stretch the length of the region and make a perfect excuse for a half or full-day sampling tour. Meet the colourful and eccentric characters who make up the region’s brewers – many outlets welcome visitors for tours, sampling at the bar, enjoying a meal or takeaway sales. Whether you prefer an icy pilsner or cask-pulled ale, you’ll find it in Nelson.

Get muddy with an outdoor adventure

No matter what the weather, Happy Valley Adventures is a great place to go for some muddy outdoor fun. Choose to hit the tracks on a 4 wheel motorbike adventure, or try a more sedate horse trek. Or, try something new and have a ride on the Skywire and soar like a bird for 3km above the sea and river valleys. 

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