he Nelson Province lies right at the heart of New Zealand on
the curving coastline of the Northwest corner of the South
Island and is generally accepted as the
of New Zealand.
The landscape of the region embraces skifields, alpine lakes,
wilderness mountain country, clear rivers, forests, limestone
outcrops and caves, rocky coasts & legendary golden beaches of
Abel Tasman National Park.
Nelson culture boasts a vibrant
Arts & Crafts
scene. An excellent book,
Art in its Own Place
has been produced on the subject by the Nelson Bay Arts Marketing Network. It is the
birthplace of the famous
New Zealand Wearable Art Awards.
There are over 100 Potters working in the area.
Take the opportunity to visit and taste internationally-acclaimed
wines from some of
New Zealand's top winemakers.
Most are small, family-owned vineyards producing classic cool climate
There are parks and gardens and historic places to explore and
here you will find some of the greatest
Brown Trout flyfishing
in the World. Three National Parks lie within the Nelson region,
providing some of
New Zealand's greatest walks.
Then there are the locals to meet; people who seem particularly
good at reflecting the sunny lifestyle they enjoy.