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.
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.
The Centre of New Zealand on Botanical Hill is one of Nelson’s most popular walks. The starting point is the Botanical Reserve, over a footbridge from the end of Hardy Street, or you can start at the Nelson Visitor Information Centre and follow the Maitai Walkway to the Hardy Street footbridge. Take a look at the interpretive panel at the bottom of the hill for some views of Nelson over the last century, and the history of this ‘Village Green’.
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.
Only certified self-contained vehicles can stay here at the Wakatu carpark. A maximum limit of 20 vehicles applies. The area designated for camping is indicated by blue line making in the car park. If full, you must move on, otherwise you risk an instant fine. The maximum period of stay in any of the restricted locations is two consecutive nights on no more than two separate occasions in any calendar month. Normal parking restrictions and charges apply from 8am-5pm weekdays and 9am-1pm Saturdays.Visit Wakatu Carpark
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