Nelson Central




  • 3 National Parks - beaches, bush & lakes
  • Galleries and museums
  • Local wines and scallops


  • By car: 1.5 hours from Blenheim
  • By plane: 1 hour 25 mins from Auckland

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One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson buzzes with creative energy. Enjoy the local art and discover culinary talent at the restaurants.

Nelson is an entertaining city in many ways. From the city centre it is an easy walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city, port, Tasman Bay and surrounding mountains.

For weekend visitors, Nelson's Saturday Market offers a great range of prepared and raw foods, flowers, clothing, art and atmosphere.

From a cultural point of view, the city is a chance to appreciate New Zealand art, both in galleries and in artists’ studios. The district has attracted creative people who work with glass, metal, stone, wood, clay, sand, paper, ink, paint and fabric.

Nelson is also appealing from a lifestyle point of view. There are wineries scattered around the Moutere Hills and the Waimea Plains. In the city, you’ll find a good selection of restaurants – some with huge views of Tasman Bay. You could try one of the many fabulous cycling trails including Tasman's Great Taste Trail and The Dun Mountain, or go on horse treks, sailing charters and to one of the many excellent beaches. 

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