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 diverse geography captures everything
from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains
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 Māori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take
home with you.
Walk the sun drenched sands of Golden Bay or head inland to Takaka
and see the impossibly clear waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs. Walk
Nelson's Abel Tasman track – it’s a three to five day walk – or, for a different view,
take a sea kayaking tour around the coast and see a seal colony and little blue penguins
bobbing in the water.
Or just relax. Sit in the sun, sip a wine from one of the
local vineyards, and dine on the famous Nelson Bay scallops.
options in Nelson range from basic backpacker lodges to luxury spa retreats, and
everything in between.