the top of the north-west corner of the South Island, is the sunniest region of New Zealand.
Known by the Maori as Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui - the tip of the nose of the canoe of Maui - Nelson is a truly beautiful region that should not be missed by the visitor who loves nature, adventure, art, crafts, wineries and good food.
Situated close to several national parks, including the Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi, the region offers great hiking trails, beaches and rivers for kayaking and swimming.
The city of Nelson has a variety of excellent restaurants, bars and cafés, a vibrant
Saturday market, and arts and crafts you’ll want to take home. An art-lovers paradise,
Nelson has over 350 working artists and craftspeople in the area. Both contemporary and
traditional artists are at work and many take inspiration from the region’s
beautiful geography with stunning coastal, forest, valley and urban landscapes.
Nelson is home to the World of Wearable Art museum displaying some of the country’s most amazing and unusual fashion creations. The region’s art gallery, Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu, is a good spot to see work from local and New Zealand artists.
Don’t miss sampling some of the excellent cuisine on offer. The Nelson region is world famous for its wine with many wineries close by including Kahurangi Winery and Siefried Winery. It's the perfect place for those who love a glass of sauvignon blanc, reisling or pinot gris. If you're a beer drinker, rest assured - Nelson's hops are famous and the region is New Zealand’s craft beer brewing capital. If all that drinking is making you hungry, you'll find plenty of locally-produced, gourmet food in the area - make sure to try the seafood.
The Kahurangi National Park offers the Heaphy walking track and is the backdrop for many scenes from the Lord of the Rings movies. The spectacular lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa, are located in the Nelson Lakes National Park.