The sunniest region in New Zealand, Nelson’s laid-back culture, creative locals and delicious food and wine cast a spell over all those who visit. We were captivated by the sun-drenched sands and diverse landscapes of Nelson long ago. Home to a quintessentially kiwi, relaxed lifestyle; it’s a part of New Zealand that holds a special place in the hearts of kiwis and visitors alike.

Nelson is a place to relax and recharge. Blue skies and beaches are perfect for slow, leisurely strolls and the quirky cafes, art galleries and boutique beer breweries make for a uniquely New Zealand holiday.

Food & Wine

Nelson is New Zealand’s craft beer brewing capital. Thirst-quenching and unique, famous Nelson beers include icy pilsners and cask-pulled ales – the early German settlers of this area passing on brewing techniques over generations. Wine lovers are also spoilt for choice: Nelson consistently wins more awards than other winemaking region per hectare of vines planted. Savour aromatic Reislings, zesty Sauvignon Blancs and full bodied Pinot Noirs. The culinary experiences Nelson offers are second-to-none; seafood here is fresh and tasty and pristine rivers and streams are home to an abundance of salmon. Stone fruits flourish in the sunny climate – Nelson-grown cherries, apricots and nectarines are some of the best in the world.

Passionate, creative locals

Nelson’s sunny skies and pretty landscapes inspire some of New Zealand’s most talented and creative people. More than 350 working artists and craftspeople call Nelson home; their unique artworks and creations creating unique souvenirs. A tour of a few of Nelson’s art galleries is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Here, you’ll find interesting variations of traditional, contemporary and creations.

Natural wonders

Nelson is a contrasting region of towering mountains, pristine rivers and lakes as well as golden beaches and coastal beech forest. The world’s purest water can be found here in the form of the Te Waikoropupu Springs - bubbling up from deep within the earth, its turquoise-emerald colours make for a beautiful viewing experience. The small town of Motueka is home to many of Nelson’s pretty fruit orchards, and Takaka Hill provides spectacular views over Nelson’s coastline and valleys.   

Inspired to savour the sunshine, culture and culinary experiences of Nelson? MoaTrek’s Top of the West and Golden Bay small group tour takes in the most beautiful parts of this region. You’ll have the chance to swim in pretty Pohara Beach, take a tour of Nelson’s art galleries, savour fresh salmon and enjoy craft beers at a boutique brewery. Find out more here, or get in touch now.  

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