Nelson City Guide

Nelson may be New Zealand's oldest city, but it's also a vibrant and colourful destination. You'll find world-class wineries, stunning national parks, thriving crafts and beautiful beaches on the city's doorstep. With the country's highest number of sunshine hours, it's no surprise that Nelson residents enjoy a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, and the fresh local produce and award-winning wines make it a delightful stop for gourmet travellers.

Nelson's thriving arts scene also makes it a wonderful place to soak up some culture. Take one of the local art trails and discover some of the 300-plus painters, potters, woodworkers and weavers who live and work in the colourful Nelson region. Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson's regional art gallery, is one of the country's finest, and if you are visiting in October, check out the The Nelson Arts Festival, a celebration of the city's art scene packed with theatre, music, dance and literary events.

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