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Situated in the top northwest corner of the South Island, the Nelson region is a pocket of paradise and one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand. The Nelson region has five distinct areas - the alpine lakes and rivers in and around Nelson Lakes National Park, the beautiful beaches and coast of Golden Bay where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, the fabulous white sand beaches and native bush of Abel Tasman National Park, the horticulture of Motueka and the urban centre of Nelson city which is the main commercial centre for the region. Nelsons main industries are forestry, horticulture, fishing and tourism


  Nelson is well-known for its year-round sun, golden beaches, three national parks, 350 working artists and boutique wineries. The city of Nelson is named after the British 'Admiral Lord Nelson' and it has alfresco cafes to tempt you, exceptionally fresh seafood, fine dining restaurants, premium vineyards, boutique breweries, historical streetscapes and a thoroughly relaxed lifestyle.  
Main attractions & activities

  Nelson's creative community provides many opportunities for travellers to experiment with art. Workshops include glassblowing, pottery, bone carving, sculpture, authentic Maori flax weaving and cooking. Artists works can be seen by following any of the 13 craft trails that also take in Nelson's most attractive rural settlements.
The artisans of Nelson, crafted the One Ring for the movie Lord of the Rings and brewed the beer that was served at the Prancing Pony at Bree. They also created the many props used in the set of Middle-earth. Helicopter tours operate in Kahurangi National Park, providing access to the more remote Lord of the Rings film locations.
Visit the World of Wearable Art & Collectable Cars Museum located just ten minutes from the city centre and see garments from the historic garment collection - a collection that has developed over the events 14 year history.
Within the sheltering confines of Tasman Bay, Nelson's beaches are safe, with silvery sand. Tahunanui Beach, within the city boundaries has the largest and best-equipped holiday park in the country.
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand's smallest, is a coastal wonderland of sea, sky, rocky headlands and bright golden beaches. It is perfect for sea kayaking, sailing, cruising, swimming and hiking. There are many tracks from a few hours to several days in length.
The Nelson Lakes National Park is set amidst the mountains and glaciated valleys of south Nelson, and features native beech forests and the beautiful lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa. Kahurangi. It is New Zealand's second-largest national park and comprises 450,000 ha of mostly upland wilderness, with very scenic three to four-day hiking trails.
A range of adventure experiences is available in the Nelson area including sea kayaking, launch rides around the Abel Tasman, whitewater rafting on the Buller River, tandem skydiving, four-wheel drive motorbiking through native forest and hiking on some of the country's best-known tracks. There's also a 35km, four-wheel drive trip along Farewell Spit, caving under Marble Mountain, and skiing or snowboarding at the Rainbow ski area.
To bet there

  Nelson airport receives flights from all major New Zealand cities, as well as several provincial cities. Driving time from Nelson to Picton is 2 hours, 10 minutes and to Greymouth 4 hours 35 minutes. Nelson to Christchurch is 6 hours, 15 minutes.



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