Nelson

Many of our trips pass through the nelson region and enjoy the artistic delights of this wonderful town. For those joining a tour passing through Nelson heres a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Nelson area:

Situated around Tasman and Golden Bays at the top of the South Island, the Nelson region is surrounded by sheltering mountain ranges, giving it a mediterranean-type climate.

Nelson is known for its year-round sun, golden beaches, three national parks, 350 working artists, boutique wineries and the city for its historical streetscapes, waterfront cafes, fresh seafood, and a thoroughly relaxed lifestyle. Nelson (population 52,000), named after Admiral Lord Nelson of Battle of Trafalgar fame, is the main commercial centre for the region, whose main industries are forestry, horticulture, fishing and tourism. Nelson's artists include carvers, glassblowers, painters, potters and weavers, whose work can be seen by following any of the 13 craft trails that also take in Nelson's most attractive rural settlements.

Visitors may fly direct to Blenheim, Marlborough's main town, or take the ferries from Wellington to Picton, the local port in Queen Charlotte Sound. Sunny and dry, Marlborough is sheltered by nearby hills and mountains, and is renowned for its vineyards, delicious food, scenic boat cruising and forest walks. With the country's largest area of vineyards, Marlborough's major attraction is vineyard visits, wine tasting and cafes. To the north, the sheltered, drowned valleys of the Marlborough Sounds are a boating and fishing paradise. The quaint waterfront village of Picton is the starting point for an idyllic marine playground, indented with many secluded coves, pristine beaches and sheltered waterways.     Content from wikipedia.

Optional activities for tours passing through Nelson:

  • Skydiving

Walk options:

Take time to stroll the wonderful streets and absorb the cafes, bars and galleries.

Cycle options:

A couple of great rides and one very scenic one of 38km.

TOURS THAT VISIT THIS AREA: