Nelson New Zealand - visitor information for Nelson and Tasman province

Welcome to the Visual Guide to Nelson

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Nelson New Zealand

Why visit Nelson?

There are many reasons why the visitor returns time and time again. Surrounded by mountain ranges, sunny Nelson looks out over Tasman Bay towards snow capped mountains, the Kahurangi National Park, and the Abel Tasman National Park. The region is an ideal base for a "Top of the South Island" holiday or business conference.

The scenery is breathtaking and many a tourist has commented on the picture postcard views around every corner. The ebb and flow of the tides and the changing light reflected from the waters of Tasman Bay and Golden Bay alter the colours of the landscape from one moment to the next and enhance the region as a top tourist destination and a haven for artists and crafts people

Regularly boasting more sunshine hours than any other area in New Zealand and with the mountains, beaches, and native forests of the Nelson Lakes, Abel Tasman, and Kahurangi National Parks, Nelson stands out as a centre for outdoor activities and boasts a network of tramping, and biking tracks. It is a very attractive region for your next vacation and can be both exciting and relaxing.
Bring the family or come alone - there is something for everyone of any age to appreciate and enjoy.

Whether staying for a day, a week, or longer, there is a variety of accommodation available to suit your budget.

Nelson City and Richmond, the main town of Tasman province, are both excellent shopping centres that are a pleasure to browse and can be enjoyed as a day out in themselves. Interspersed with these are many restaurants and cafes open for breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals.

The History

Here is a brief  history of the region. Enjoy browsing the Visual Guide to Nelson New Zealand as we trust you will find the tourist information it contains helpfull to plan your time in the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

Population: Statistics New Zealand (2006 census )
Nelson - 44,900, Tasman - 47,700

Climate:  NZ Met Service
Annual Rainfall: 985mm, Sunshine Hours: 2392hrs,

Temperature January 13º - 22.3º Extreme Max 36.13º
July 1.5 º - 12.2º Extreme Min -6.6º