The main urban areas of the Nelson region are Nelson and Richmond.  Renowned for its sunny climate, stunning sandy beaches and glorious mountain scenery,  the region encompasses three National Parks;

Nelson’s  economy is supported by seafood, horticulture, tourism and forestry. Port Nelson is one of the largest fishing ports in Australasia. Local industries include aviation, engineering technology and information technology.

Arts and crafts are a major feature of the region’s cultural aspect. with 350+ artists living and working here. Restaurant ding has a seafood focus, and there is a thriving wine industry. Fresh produce and unique local crafts are available in the popular weekend markets.

For sport’s lover, there is a broad array of sporting activities to participate in; kitesurfing, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing and hiking.

Nelson Events

The great climate encourages a vibrant artistic community, and the thousands of creative residents have developed a range of events that draw visitors from all over the world!  From the Wearable Arts Awards to the Wine & Food Festivals, these encompass concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and sporting and community events in the Nelson Tasman region. Here are links to two excellent sources of events information;

Nelson Wines

Whilst it is one of the smaller of New Zealand’s wine regions, there are a number of wineries open to visitors. Most can be visited within a day’s touring around the region. Wine varieties include Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

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Additional Nelson regional information is available on these websites;