Nelson (Māori: Whakatū) is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand – it was established in 1841 and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858. Nelson city is bordered to the west and south-west by the Tasman District Council and the north-east, east and south-east by the Marlborough District Council. The city does not include Richmond, the area's second-largest settlement. Nelson City has a population of around 50,000, making it New Zealand's 12th most populous city and the geographical centre of New Zealand. When combined with the town of Richmond which has close to 14,000 residents, Nelson is ranked as New Zealand's 9th largest urban area by population. Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene, Each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, World of Wearable Art now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.
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The beach reserve area is a large part of the reason why Nelson is consistently rated as the one of the most desirable places to live in New Zealand.
The beach is excellent for swimming, running or walking. It is also a paradise for stand-up paddle boarders, wind surfers, kite surfers, dog walkers and general sun seekers.
Explore displays of Nelson's heritage and learn the stories of our local people. Visit our businesses and artisans in character buildings. Take a ride on the train and relax at the award winning Founders Brewery Cafe & Bar, set in quaint streets amongst village greens and beautiful well established gardens.
Come down for a tasting tray and view the brewery through the glass walled cafe. Founders Cafe offers a delicious menu that features local ingredients in a family-friendly setting.
Nice Art Gallery right next to the Queens Gardens. Different interesting exhibitions. Worth a visit.
Highly polished, native rimu floors, high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, this grand old Victorian lady hosts a cafe and is owned by Nelson City Council so you can rubber neck its classic features such as deeply moulded sash windows and fire surrounds as well as ornate balustrading on the timber staircase to your heart's content without paying an admission fee. A self-tour garden map details the extensive sheltered, private gardens surrounding the house, including its historic specimen trees. There's a great view past the Cathedral's tower to Tasman Bay if you're having a picnic on its sloping lawns.
Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel is located 4.5 kilometres from Nelson city centre and adjacent to the long golden sands of Tahunanui Beach.
It covers 54 acres of parkland that has been available for almost nine decades for holidaymakers to enjoy. Today Tahuna Beach Holiday Park offers accommodation that suits every holidaymaker and traveller’s budget – from unpowered campsites to cosy cabins to modern, fully self-contained apartment motel units.
The holiday park’s location gives you direct access to the beach, playing fields and local beachside attractions. On site there are several recreation areas, including beach volleyball court, basketball court, several playgrounds, an 18 hole mini golf course, a fitness track with 14 exercise stations and an outdoor amphitheatre for live music and other events.
Nelson has a desirable Mediterranean and sunny climate, allowing visitors to explore and enjoy all year round. Nelson’s central location makes it an easy region to access by land, sea or air. Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park is the closest holiday park to Nelson City and is within easy walking distance to shops, supermarkets & Nelson Hospital. We offer a range of quality accommodation options that will appeal to everyone. Independent travellers, groups, couples and families are all welcome.
Nelson City TOP 10 is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the Nelson-Tasman region. You can visit the fabulous WOW museum, the geographical centre of NZ, award winning wineries, boutique breweries, thrilling mountain bikes tracks and of course the Abel Tasman National Park. Nelson is also home to some amazing crafts people and the highlight of the week is the Nelson Market which is on every Saturday morning, rain or shine.
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