The Nelson region is in the northwest corner of the South Island.
It can be divided into five distinct areas:
the urban centres of Nelson & Richmond
Maori occupation dates back some 800 years, while European settlement
began in 1842. Today Nelson is made up of Kiwis and increasing numbers of
immigrants from the UK, Germany, America and further afield.
The Nelson economy is based on four major industries - seafood,
horticulture, tourism and forestry. Port Nelson is the biggest fishing
port in Australasia. There is also a range of growth industries,
including art and craft, aviation, engineering technology, and
Nelson offers many outdoor adventure opportunities from sea kayaking to
rock climbing. The region is known for its stunning scenery and its three
national parks, Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park and
Nelson Lakes National Park, attract many visitors.
Visitors include those who want to tramp or climb or take a boat on the
lake, or those attracted by the important conservation work being done at Lake Rotoiti to reverse the threat to the life of the birds and the bush
Looking towards the head of Lake Rotoiti -
Credit- Peter Hunt
Nelson area has a reputation for fine wines, for the work of its 350
working artists, and its small town informality and friendliness.
Nelson, a coastal city, is the main centre for the Nelson province and has
long been very popular for holidays for families and those seeking outdoor
Nelson with Richmond has a combined population of 53,000 which makes it New
Zealand's 10th most populous city.
Nelson city enjoys New Zealand's highest sunshine hours which makes it an
ideal holiday centre.
Since its foundation in 1840 the city has spread over the surrounding hills
and along the coast. It has some tourist hotels and many motels and other
holiday accommodation. The camping ground at Tahunanui Beach has long been
so popular that many people book their site from one summer to the next.
Nelson - Cathedral Steps - Credit- Peter Hunt
The cathedral set on a hill in the centre of the city with the Cawthron
Steps leading to it is probably the most often photographed site in Nelson
The shopping centre, decorated in the summer with hanging baskets of
flowers, is crowded with tourists during the summer months, and the town
also attracts visitors in the so-called off-season because of its pleasant
For a magnificent view walk or drive up to Britannia Heights, and from the
lookout you will see across Tasman Bay to mountains and beaches and closer
at hand Haulashore Island, the Nelson harbour and its sheltering Boulder
Nelson - Looking below Davis Lookout at Arrow Rock, Haulashore Island and the end of the Boulder Bank - Credit- Peter Hunt
Also worth a visit are Botanical Hill, known as the geographical Centre of
New Zealand, the Queens Gardens, the Suter Gallery, Isel Park, and
Broadgreen cob house/museum and garden.
The city and the district are well known for their orchards, their
vineyards, their wineries and restaurants and the thriving arts and crafts
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