Nelson – the WOW factor - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Nelson horticulture

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Nelson in the Video tab.

The lack of flat land around Nelson led settlers to practise horticulture rather than farming. Tobacco, hops, tomatoes and grapes have all been grown in the area, and wine was produced by German immigrants. Also known for its arts and crafts, Nelson was the birthplace of the World of WearableArt (WOW) show in 1987.

Related web links:

Nelson region: horticulture
Picking tobacco
Hop picking
Nelson region: arts, culture and science
Dragon Fish wearable artwork

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit