Nelson, sunniest place in New Zealand

The sheltered Nelson Tasman region enjoys a mild climate and maximum sunshine hours in the country, perfect for exploring the region's long golden beaches, untouched forests and rugged mountains. Nelson boasts three national parks, all within 90 minutes of Nelson City. The region is also a magnet for creative people with a thriving arts and crafts community. Walk the sun-drenched sands of Golden Bay or take a sea kayak tour into the superb Abel Tasman National Park. Or follow your nose to Nelson’s finest wines in one of the many boutique vineyards and cafes.

Cool facts

  • The first recorded game of rugby in New Zealand was played in Nelson.
  • The goldsmith who created the one ring to rule them all (The Lord of the Rings) is Jens Hansen from Nelson. You can purchase an original of the replica in town.
  • Te Waikoropupu Springs (known as Pupu Springs) are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand, the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured.

Must do's

  • Watch the glass blowers at Hoglund Art Glass and visit the World of WearableArt and Collectable Cars Museum.
  • Dine on the famous Nelson Bay scallops.
  • Explore the Abel Tasman Coast Track, one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”. In the park, take a kayak and get up, close and personal with some fur seals.
  • Take a guided safari to Farewell Spit and see the lighthouse.

Nelson Region Accommodation

  • Nelson City Holiday Park & Motels

    Nelson City Holiday Park & Motels, Nelson Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

    As the closest holiday park to Nelson city (under 2km) Nelson City Holiday Park (Qualmark rated 4-star plus) combines convenience, close proximity to...

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  • Mohua Motels

    Mohua Motels, Takaka Motels & Motor Lodges

    On the entrance to the beautiful Golden Bay region of the South Island and within stones throw of Abel Tasman National Park you will find Mohua...

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  • Admirals Motor Inn

    Admirals Motor Inn, Nelson Motels & Motor Lodges

    Admirals Motor Inn offers central city motel accommodation in Nelson. Accommodation comprises of 22 spacious self-contained studio and 1 & 2 bedroom...

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  • Beaches Motor Inn

    Beaches Motor Inn, Nelson Motels & Motor Lodges

    Beaches Motor Inn is located in Nelson which is considered as the sunshine capital of New Zealand. Beaches Motor Inn has 16 luxury units all of...

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  • Arrow Motel

    Arrow Motel, Nelson Motels & Motor Lodges

    You'll be impressed by our modern apartment complex, with only the best in facilities, whether you're a business traveller or a family holiday maker....

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  • Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

    Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, Takaka Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

    Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is located in Takaka in Nelson. It is in a beachfront location and has 99 tent and 136 power sites, 8 cabins, 2...

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Nelson Region Activites

  • Wilsons Abel Tasman

    Wilsons Abel Tasman, Motueka Tours and Sightseeing

    The best choices for every traveller, whether you are short of time or looking for a relaxing holiday in the finest coastal National Park in the...

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  • Kaiteriteri Kayaks

    Kaiteriteri Kayaks, Motueka Family Attractions

    Kaiteriteri Kayaks has been operating sea kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman National Park for nearly twenty years. We have a range of tours for all...

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  • Abel Tasman AquaTaxi

    Abel Tasman AquaTaxi, Marahau Airport Transfers & Shuttles

    Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi is a family owned business on the doorstep of New Zealand's most popular national park. Back in 1990 Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi...

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