Situated at the top of the South Island, Nelson is a compact coastal city that graces the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. The city is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets, offering everything from mountains and beaches to wineries and art galleries.
Nelson is a gateway to several hiking trails and national parks, making it an ideal destination for thrillseekers and nature lovers. You can treat yourself to views of alpine landscapes and forested valleys or relax by the Rotoiti and Rotoroa lakes at the Nelson Lakes National Park. Another place worth a visit is the Abel Tasman National Park, where you’ll get to soak up some sun along golden beaches, dip your feet in clear streams and spot blue penguins and fur seals.
There’s a host of travel experiences that Nelson lays out – one of them being picturesque cycle trails along the countryside, leading up to privately owned wineries and vineyards. You can also discover the city’s thriving art scene with a visit to The Suter Art Gallery, browsing through works of local artists. If you’re around Trafalgar Street, grab a bite at one of the alfresco eateries or climb up the historic steps of Christ Church Cathedral to gaze over the busy city centre.