Nestled on the shores of Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Nelson is also known as the top of the south. It is also the geographical center of New Zealand, marked by a landmark on a hilltop near the center of the city. Climb up to point zero and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the area—two massive bays surrounded by hills and mountains. An area of extraordinary beauty, the Nelson Tasman region is home to several film locations from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Named after explorers Abel Tasman and Lord Horatio Nelson, the region is steeped in Māori history. But it’s also a vibrant urban hub where you’ll find boutiques, art galleries, alfresco dining, and hundreds of retail outlets. Take your time exploring the quaint heart of the city and its tree-lined streets. Climb the steps of the Christ Church Cathedral, which overlooks the city, and stroll along Wakefield Quay, Nelson’s picturesque waterfront. Discover native flora and fauna and rare species such as kiwi, tuatara and kakapo at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary near the city center.

Nelson is also the creative center of New Zealand. Home of the internationally acclaimed Hoglund Art Glass studio and more than 300 working artists—painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, potters, glass blowers, jewelers, and writers drawing inspiration from the spectacular surroundings.

Nelson is also an outdoor adventurer’s haven. Kayak sheltered coves, catamaran to remote beaches. Go hiking, biking, or even skydiving. Try horseback riding along endless stretches of gorgeous beaches. Nelson isn’t a place to visit, it’s a way to live.

Abel Tasman National Park

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

One of three pristine national parks in the area, the popular Abel Tasman National Park offers sheltered bays perfect for kayaking, sailing, and spotting seals and dolphins. Explore limestone cliffs and gorgeous beaches along the coastline of the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track, one of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks. Take a guided trip by land or take flight with a helicopter trip high above the stunning national parks.

National WOW® Museum and Nelson Classic Car Gallery

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National WOW® Museum and Nelson Classic Car Gallery

National WOW® Museum and Nelson Classic Car Gallery

The World of WearableArt competition and fashion show was born in Nelson, so it’s only fitting that there is an entire museum dedicated to current and past entries. Enjoy the stunning collection of award-winning garments then venture into the adjoining Classic Cars gallery which showcases a world-class collection of classic cars, one of Australasia’s largest private collection.

Food & Wine

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

The Tasman District is home to 28 boutique wineries, more craft breweries (11) per capita than anywhere else in the country, creative chefs, fabulous produce and fresh seafood, orchards, art galleries and boutique shops. Have a sense of adventure? Grab a bicycle and follow your taste buds and the Great Taste Trail through beautiful coastal and inland areas to explore and sample it all.

Nelson, New Zealand At a glance

Current Weather:
Fair (Day)
7°C / 44 °F
Scattered Thunderstorms
Isolated Thundershowers
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Current Time:
10:27:40 am2018/11/19 10:27:40 am
Monday, November 19
UTC/GMT +13:00
New Zealand Dollar
Exchange Rates:
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  • 44.54
  • 2.26
  • 13.19
Local Details:
GPS: 36°50'48.02"S 174°45'35.88"E
Size: 445.00 KM2 (171.82 MI2)
Population: 50,600
Density: 114 Pop/KM2 (44 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +64

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