What the Guide books say…
Hailed as one of NZ’s most ‘liveable’ cities (that most vague of adjectives), Nelson is a bright, optimistic, worldly town, arranged around a flat grid on Tasman Bay.
An alternate-lifestyle epicentre, Nelson’s streets are dotted with beautiful Victorian houses, many of which contain Buddhist centres, naturopaths, yoga studios and galleries.
Artsy, dreadlocked wanderers mooch between cafés and coffee-carts, ducking into the Bridge St bars or poetry readings in bookshops.
Beyond the urban fringe the coast and hills offer a plethora of activities, both relaxed and adrenalin-charged.
Jasons travel information
Nelson may be New Zealand’s oldest city, but it’s also a vibrant and colourful destination. Visit here, and you’ll find world-class wineries, stunning national parks, thriving crafts and beautiful beaches right on the city doorstep.
With the country’s highest number of sunshine hours, it’s no surprise that Nelson residents enjoy a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, and the fresh local produce and award-winning wines make it a delightful stop for gourmet travellers as well.
Try out one of the city’s lively pavement cafes and sample the succulent seafood, matched with a fine local wine.
If relaxation is on the menu, head out to the sandy beaches at Cable Bay and Tahunanui to enjoy the sun and sand, and for a spot of outdoor adventure, there is kayaking and hiking in the magnificent Abel Tasman and Nelson Lakes national parks.