Nelson

Nelson is a city on the shores of Tasman Bay, and is quite often referred to as “Sunny Nelson” or the “Top of the South”.

Nelson is a regional centre that boosts and supports a vibrant arts community, Nelson is an essential airline hub, and is the fourth busiest airport in NZ.

The Nelson/Tasman region is incredibly diverse with many unique locations to explore including the world renowned Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, Kaiteriteri Beach, Marahau, Motueka, Murchison, St Arnaud and Nelson Lakes National Park and the Takaka/Golden Bay areas.

The region has an enviable Mediterranean and sunny climate and was the location for several scenes in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.

For the cycling enthusiasts, Nelson is a cycling mecca and home to three Great Rides.  These are Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, the Dun Mountain Trail, and the Heaphy Track, which is a winter ride, currently open between May and September only.

Home to some of New Zealand’s most inspired wines, enjoy exploring Nelson’s Boutique Wineries. Journey into the countryside and delight in lunch at one of the vineyard cafe’s or superbly located restaurants.  Purchasing wine for your own cellar is also a highlight of your vineyard tour experience.  Nelson is also the location for the prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards, New Zealand’s premier wine competition.

Various educational organisations exist within the region including the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, a favoured institution of learning for many International Students, and the Nelson School of Music.  Founded in 1894, the School of Music is currently undergoing exciting development and renovation works.

Nelson College is a prominent school in the region and can boast at being New Zealand’s oldest state school.  Steeped in a rich heritage of tradition, the school also engages a prolific rugby culture.

Other lovely attractions around the Nelson area include the Miyazu Japanese Gardens, Queens Gardens, Anzac Park, Nelson Cathedral, Nelson Provincial Museum, Melrose House, The Theatre Royal, the Suter Art Gallery and the Centre of NZ Walkway.