Nelson is an amazingly entertaining city in many ways. From a cultural point of view, it provides one with the 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 the Tasman Bay. Activities include skydiving, rock climbing, 4-Wheel biking, horse treks, sailing charters and water fun at the excellent
Places to Visit
- Visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum..
- Revive yourself in one of three National Parks. The Abel Tasman, its golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise water make it one of the most popular. Kahurangi National Park is home to an exceptional variety of native plants and wildlife. And then you have The Nelson Lakes National Park, which is surrounded by mountain ranges, you can walk beside Lake Rotoiti.
- Höglund Art Glass Studio & Gallery, here you will find internationally renowned glass artists Ola & Marie Höglund welcoming you to experience the intricate art of glassmaking.
- Nelson Provincial Museum which showcases the pride and vagaries of Nelson's history.
- Overlooking the Nelson Lakes National Park, Rainbow Ski Area is New Zealand's most special ski and snowboard areas.
- The beautiful 13km stretch of beach, Rabbit Island, is the largest of a group of sandy islands lying at the head of Tasman Bay..
- Mapua area is home to a vast selection of wildlife, one of the popular attractions is the gigantic sea aquarium.
- Take a road trip to Golden Bay, a scenic drive over Takaka Hill, the marble mountain.