About Nelson New Zealand
Nelson is both a city and a region, located in the north of the South Island of New Zealand. Nelson City rests on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. The population of the city is about 60,000.
Nelson is known for its beautiful sunny, warm climate and its thriving local arts and crafts scene.
Nelson is home to the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum - a museum unique to Nelson.
Near to Nelson are three National Parks - the Abel Tasman National Park, the Kahurangi National Park and the Nelson Lakes National Park.
Also near to Nelson, are the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
Nelson enjoys one of the best climates in New Zealand - warm and sunny!
The city is generally calm as the surrounding mountains form a horseshoe to the east, west and south, protecting the region from bad weather. Predominant winds are northerly or north-easterly sea breezes, and then south-westerlies.
There are many parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and other places of interest in and around Nelson, New Zealand.
Popular attractions in Nelson include the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum, Höglund Art Glass, Te Waikoropupu Springs and the bird sanctuary and wetland at Farewell Spit.
Did you Know?
The Moa - a now extinct, native New Zealand bird - was one of the largest birds in history. The Moa stood up to 3.6 metres tall and weighed 300 kilograms!