Travel to Nelson in New Zealand

Relax on the beaches on Nelson

Nelson on New Zealand's South Island lies beside the Tasman Bay. Considered to have the best climate in New Zealand, Nelson is popular for its beaches, cultural events and abundance of activities. Bordered by mountains in three directions, Nelson is the gateway to several National Parks and a region of ecotourism.

Nelson was named in tribute to Horatio Nelson, an Admiral whose fleet gained victory over French and Spanish forces during the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. The Maori name for Nelson is Whakatū which translates to "a place to stand" or "home". The productive lands surrounding Nelson are used for growing fruit, hops and tobacco. Timber is obtained for the hills and then shipped out from Nelson's port.

Nelson's harbor is always bustling. The entrance of the harbor is guarded by The Boulder Bank, a natural breakwater. The Boulder Bank shelters Tahunanui beach from strong tides. This popular beach is perfect for swimming and provides camping facilities and leisure activities. Several cruises are offered around the harbor. Another popular beach is located on Rabbit Island, just 25km from Nelson. Enjoy several fun-filled activities in and around Nelson. Adventure tourism is big here and exploring the caves around Takaka Hill and Mount Owen is a real thrill. Nelson also offers sea kayaking, white water rafting, paragliding, skydiving, kiteboarding, horse riding, diving, sailing, and golfing.

Those seeking a cultural experience will enjoy the annual Nelson Arts Festival. Historical buildings can be discovered throughout Nelson. Bishop's School dating back to 1844 was commissioned by Bishop Selwyn. Broadgreen House form the 19th century is a mansion with stunning architecture. Christ Church Cathedral was built between 1925 and 1967. At Suter Art Gallery (1889) you can examine exquisite works of art by Richmond, Van der Velden, Woollaston, Lindauer and Hodgkins.

One of the highlights of your stay in Nelson is the sumptuous local cuisine. Nelson's restaurants are found in a variety of settings, in the city, beside the waterfront and in the country. Restaurants in Nelson are well known for their exquisite seafood dishes, farm-fresh ingredients and brilliant wines.

New Zealand's Nelson is a city of adventure, immense beauty and cultural diversity, just waiting to be explored.


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