Enjoying some of the most hours of sunshine across New Zealand, Nelson not only boasts a pleasant climate but a sunny personality to match.
Artists thrive here in the north of South Island, with galleries galore and many a workshop or studio to pop into and see what the local glass-blowers, jewellers, sculptors and painters are getting up to – it’s also a fantastic place to discover Maori artwork.
No doubt these creatives are inspired by the stunning scenery all around Nelson, from the national parks of Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman to Golden Bay and Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) hot springs.
These gorgeous landscapes are characterised by the azure sea, native forests, pristine sands, crystalline lakes and majestic mountains too, so wherever you travel around Nelson you’ll be treated to divine views at virtually every turn.
Some of the most popular adventure activities here are sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and swimming through the waters; or hiking and biking on terra firma.
That’s all before even mentioning the wineries and breweries to discover all around Nelson, a prime place for growing hops and grapes as well as delectable produce that goes into the region’s prized gastronomy. So, whether for its cultural scene, landscapes or both, Nelson promises a down-to-earth yet out-of-this-world travel experience in New Zealand.
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