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Nelson

Nelson (New Zealand)

Practical information on Nelson

  • Family
  • Relaxation
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
2hrs 15min by car from Picton
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Nelson

Delphine Teisserenc Seasoned Traveller
46 written opinions

Located in the heart of New Zealand's sunniest region, Nelson is a pleasant town with a relaxed atmosphere.

My suggestion:
It's a perfect place for a rest when traveling between the west coast and Blenheim, so take advantage of a stop in Nelson to recharge your batteries, as travel in New Zealand often involves long distances. 
My review

As a seaside town, Nelson is ideal for a lazy wander. I stopped here three times during my stay in New Zealand, and on each occasion, I really appreciated the opportunity to rest and recover. In fact, it is a great place to walk through the various neighborhoods, in particular South Street, an historic district with cottages that date from the late 19 th century.

The visit to the Founders' Park provided the opportunity both to stroll through a reconstructed 19 th century neighborhood, including all the shops and public services, and to discover the current works of local craftspeople and artists. If the mood takes you, take a seat on the terrace and enjoy a beer in the brasserie of the same name; I have a slight personal preference for the 1981 brew.

Once you've finished walking the streets of the town, head for the Free House, a former church that has been converted to a bar, offering a wide range of exceptional quality national beers. Don't hesitate to ask the server for a sample to try before making a decision about what to order. Accompany your drink with food from the bar, or bring your own food from an outside restaurant.

If you just want to relax, you can unwind by basking in the sun on Tahunanui Beach, just outside Nelson.

Floriane Seasoned Traveller
37 written opinions

A town where life is good, close to Abel Tasman and Nelson Lakes National Parks. 

My suggestion:
Stay for a few days to make the most of Nelson's surrounds. Don't forget your insect repellent, the sand flies are annoying critters, both day and night...
My review

Nestled by the sea, surrounded by green hills and in the sunniest part of the country, Nelson has everything you need. I fell in love with this charming town, which is a great place to stay. The center has museums, coffee shops, restaurants and craft shops. But even more appealing, is the area surrounding Nelson, which you should definately explore. 

If you enjoy hikingand white, sandy beaches, then go west towards the Abel Tasman National Park. A little corner of paradise and a must-see during a trip to New Zealand. One of my favorite experiences was walking the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. And afterwards you can head off to the wonderful Golden Bay.

To the south of Nelson, the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to mountain ranges that reflect off the clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. There are some great walks to be had. If you prefer a bit of peace and quiet, you'll find that during mid-season it's virtually deserted! 

Tours and travel ideas Nelson

  • Highlights
South Island road trip
Length 10 days Approx. $3,450
Multi-destination tour
  • Boutique travel
Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
Length 22 days Approx. $8,250
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