Nelson Tasman at the North-West corner of the South Island of New Zealand combines small city charm with big city style. A sophisticated place with a quirky touch, the region is home to passionate people fueled by fresh food, fine wine, sunshine, and a light sea breeze.

It’s here that Kiwis first played rugby, where the world’s most famous ring was made and the World of WearableArt was born. You’ll find some of the clearest water ever measured, the country’s most popular national park hiking track, fine aromatic wines, and the Centre of New Zealand.

Countless walkways, mountain bike trails, kayaking, sailing, quad biking and golf are all accessible just moments from the city, or in the depths of the wider region’s stunning landscape. Local characters are waiting to take you on a path of discovery in the region’s three national parks and other natural wonders, or cut your own track through this special part of New Zealand.

Did you know...

  • Nelson is New Zealand's second oldest city, settled in 1841.
  • Nelson city rates consistently as New Zealand's sunniest spot with over 2,500 sunshine hours per year.  In 2009 Nelson again recorded the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand clocking up 2572 hours of glorious sunshine!  More details on climate.
  • Nelson will host three Rugby World Cup Games in 2011 featuring the Italian Team
  •  22 wineries benefit from the mild Mediterranean climate of the Nelson region.
  • Nelson is home to over 350 full time artists - many can be visited in their studios 
  • Six Iwi (Māori tribal groups) claim ancestral occupation rights, or rights of conquest over areas in the Nelson Region. These Iwi are Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Ngati Koata, Ngati Kuia and Ngati Toa .
  • Nelson has three spectacular national parks all within 90 minutes drive of each other:  Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park
  • and two of New Zealand's Great Walks - Abel Tasman Coastal Track and Heaphy Track.