What is it that makes Nelson so special?
Welcome to one of the most exciting and uniquely beautiful areas of New Zealand - the Nelson region which covers five distinct geographic areas:
- The alpine lakes and rivers around Murchison and St. Arnaud and in Nelson Lakes National Park
- The heart of the parks, Golden Bay
- The idyllic coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park
- The highways of Tasman Bay and the rich horticultural land surrounding Motueka
- The urban centres of Nelson city and Richmond
Some define it as soul, others pick up on the easy relaxed pace of life. Maybe it's the sense of space with wide plains spreading from sandy bays to lofty mountains. Immerse yourself in the culture. There are over 350 full time working artists in this region.
Take time to kayak through the tranquil clear waters of the Abel Tasman National Park, vibrant and rejuvenating - or walk the Coastal Track with a guide and a gourmet lunch. To round off a perfect day, dine on fresh seafood at a choice of waterfront restaurants, and soak in the view as the setting sun casts an amber glow over the mirror seas of Tasman Bay.
Delight your tastebuds at some of the finest restaurants, cafes and wine bars serving only the freshest local ingredients, accompanied by our very own world-class wines and beer.
Nelson in the springtime means days of balmy sunshine and stunning scenery. Take a drive through reawakening vineyards and orchards heavy with blossom and stop off to sip an award winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir under the shady vines of one of Nelson's boutique wineries.
Natural wonders and vibrant culture come together to create holiday paradise in the summer time. There's so much to enjoy under the famously sunny skies - three national parks, a coastline of turquoise waters and golden sand beaches, majestic mountains that embrace stunning inland lakes, lush native bush, and wide fertile plains.
The days of March, April and May are warm, but without the summer crowds.
Nelson's cool autumn nights produce wine with intense fruit flavours - growing conditions are likened to the Burgundy area of France. A wine trail map allows easy navigation around the many wineries.
This is an ideal time to visit a nearby national park, such as Marble Mountain, which separates Golden Bay from the Motueka District. It has a harsh landscape of unusual rock formations and harbors sinkholes, caves, and underground streams - a contrast to the shady beech forests. This was the location of Chetwood Forest in "The Lord of the Rings".
Escape the ho-hum, the mundane, the daily grind and explore a refreshingly different, break away destination with crisp clear days in Nelson. The Mediterranean climate combined with New Zealand's longest sunshine hours make the Nelson region a fabulous holiday destination year round.
Bring an appetite for exquisite tastes – enjoy succulent seafood, sublime Nelson wines, boutique beers, olive oils, served in cafes and restaurants in stunning locations. Bring a hunger for outdoor adventures too – get wet and wild kayaking and boating…explore the landscape by bike, horseback or four wheel drive.
Satisfy your longing for faraway places from the remote West Coast beaches of Golden Bay to Abel Tasman National Park with its coastline of turquoise waters and golden-sand beaches, to Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks with snow capped mountains, beech forest and native bird-life. Be inspired by the creative, see art in its own place, visit galleries in beautiful locations throughout the region.
There are boundless opportunities to enrich and enjoy – its just gotta be Nelson Now!
For further more detailed information on the Nelson region go to http://www.nelsonnz.com/.
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