Discover Nelson’s unique way of life; rich blue skies, brilliant sunshine, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks, cafés, artists, vineyards and wineries. This is a uniquely Nelson way of life.
Nelson is named after Lord Nelson, the famous English naval commander, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 off the Spanish coast when he defeated the French and Spanish fleets - changing the course of history.
Located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island at the base of Tasman Bay, Nelson is surrounded by mountains which protect it from bad weather. This makes Nelson a top holiday region for local and international travellers drawn in by its beauty and sunny weather. Nelson is the sunniest region in New Zealand receiving over 2,400 hours of sunshine per year.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the regions beaches, sailing, walks, biking, kayaking and relaxed outdoor dining. There are several marine reserves to enjoy diving and snorkelling or swimming with seals or dolphins. There are three national parks with diverse natural beauty from rugged mountains to family beaches.
Nelson is also the arts capital of New Zealand. Many artisans passionate about their art have chosen to make Nelson their home. Painters work alongside ceramic artists, glass blowers, jewellers and sculptors. There is so much to see and do and something for everyone to enjoy.
Nelson is also the seafood capital of New Zealand. Fish, scallops, oysters, crabs and Greenshell mussels are harvested for export and feature prominently in local cuisine.
Nelson’s beautiful maritime climate produces long warm summer days and cool autumn nights, blessing the region with fantastic growing conditions for making delicious wines.