Nelson Travel Guide

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Nelson Overview

When you first hear the name it almost sounds fairly bland, like an unseasoned steak or a bad red wine. But, just as you cannot judge a book by its cover, you cannot judge a town by its name, and Nelson is one of those towns which is definitely a contradiction to a variety of different sayings. The second oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest city on the South Island, Nelson is located in the area known as Nelson Tasman, otherwise referred to as the Top of the South. This is a coastal town of epic scenery, with a contemporary setting offering a wide variety of accommodations to suit every traveler's needs. Sitting on the edge of the Tasman Bay, this is considered one of the best cities in New Zealand when it comes to experiencing modern Kiwi living. From the streets lined with Victorian houses to the various parks, art galleries, cafés, bars, pubs, and the stunning New Zealand coast, Nelson is a breath of fresh air for the weary traveler.

While the city itself is modern New Zealand at its finest, Nelson also offers visitors access to some of New Zealand's best natural scenery, whether it is the breathtaking majesty of the coastline seen in the Abel Tasman National Park or the Golden Bay as it sits between the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Meanwhile there are a variety of lakes and rivers stretching through the nearby parks, which are a major contributing factor in terms of the city’s popularity, with its main industries being seafood, horticulture, tourism, and forestry. The town also has a thriving art scene which, when combined with everything else, makes for a city that has such a wide array of possibilities that it becomes an impossible task to take it all in just one trip. Which is actually just fine, because it means you're coming back for another round next year.

Nelson is a major holiday destination for both locals and overseas tourist.
Tahunanui Beach and the nearby Rabbit Island are very popular and safe beaches for swimming.

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Abel Tasman National Park (established in 1942) is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. It also has a mild climate and is a go…
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