Nelson, New Zealand

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Nelson Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Nelson Lakes National ParkYou knew a trip to New Zealand involved the great outdoors. That's why you chose to come to New Zealand in the first place! But you weren't too keen on the reputation for cold, rainy weather. Luckily, you stumbled across Nelson – the sunniest region in the entire country.

You've indulged your love for bright lights, fashion and glamour at the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. You thought you've seen one church; you've seen them all…until you were confronted with the strange and fascinating architecture of the Christ Church Cathedral in Nelson. You began your journey in the great outdoors by venturing into the Abel Tasman National Park to see the granite cliffs and iconic coastal track. Little did you know, your eco-journey was only just beginning!

The best thing about being a nature-lover…most of the attractions are free!

 Lake Rotoiti JettyYou might have expected the sun in Nelson, but you wouldn't have dreamt of the beach in New Zealand! Nelson locals love spending time at one of the pristine beaches along the coastline with shimmering, sparkling blue water and hot, golden sand. Tahunanui Beach is the perennial favourite of locals and tourists alike and is perfect for families with picnic facilities, a relatively sheltered beach and even a fun park nearby with mini golf, go-karts and a hydro slide.

Or if you want a beach to get back to nature, hire a car and drive to Rabbit Island. You will be greeted with an 8-kilometre flat sand dune and no beachside homes to ruin your perfect panoramic photo. Talk about a paradise on earth! Be sure to catch a glimpse of the majestic sea birds feeding when the tide moves in and out like the heron and royal spoonbill.

You're physically exhausted after so many bushwalks…

Lake RotoitiAnd you really enjoyed them too. But now it's time for a recovery day so you need something low key that won't be too taxing. Then you found out about Nelson's flair for the arts. Earning a reputation as a town that draws creatives like a moth to a flame, Nelson hosts over 350 working artists and you may even be lucky enough to visit the artists directly in their studios! You can also visit the Nelson Saturday market to purchase their handiwork – perfect as an authentic souvenir for a loved one back home!

You may have also noticed the fresh produce while you were exploring the market and then you became decidedly hungrier. But it's all good – Nelson is a foodie's paradise as well (this town gets better and better!). Local favourites include Hopgoods Restaurant and Boutereys Restaurant which combine the region's fresh local produce with award-winning, world-class chefs to create immaculate masterpieces that will leave you wanting more. Your palate will thank you in spades!

You've saved on your hotel, so it's time to get outside again…

And spoil yourself with your two greatest loves: nature and food. Lucky for you, a charter cruise combines the two perfectly. Be treated to some of New Zealand's finest produce, lovingly prepared for you while you take in the magnificent sights. You may even spot a dolphin along the way! Explore the Abel Tasman National Park from the seas or go further afield to Falls River or Anchorage Bay.

If you have some time to kill and your appetite has been whet by your culinary experience, why not fully live the Epicurean lifestyle by hiring a car and visiting one of Nelson's famous wineries. Known for cool weather conditions, the region specializes in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir grape varieties. If you need more time to explore all the wineries, why not stay in nearby Richmond. You won't regret it!

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