Nelson Travel Guide

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Nelson Things to Do

  • Queens Gardens

    The Queens Gardens were opened in 1892 to mark the Jubilee of Queen Victoria and are a beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park. Informnation panels located around the gardens tell of their history and cultural significance. There are a number of sculptures in the gardens. Sentinel is a steel sculpture which sails in the Queens...

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  • Beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach

    Kaiteriteri is a small town just south of the start of Abel Tasman National Park. It is where most of the water-taxix start their service. Kaiteriteri is a popular seaside resort in the warmer months with a lovely curved sheltered beach and golden sand. Early morning in the middle of May was too cold for swimming - even for the locals!

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  • Walk, cycle or drive along Tasman Bay

    Nelson is situated on beautiful Tasman Bay. When travelling into Nelson from the south on State Highway 6 you come across a coastal walk just as you enter town. Places have been created for fishermen and there is plenty of room for walking or cycling - or you can just drive on by and admire the view.

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  • Abel Tasman National Park

    Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island west of Nelson, is the smallest of New Zealand's national parks. It was founded in 1942, and is named after Abel Tasman who was the first European to see New Zealand. But good things come in small packages!The park is mainly hilly country covered in natural forest. It's...

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  • Hike in Abel Tasman National Park

    The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track. This popular track follows the coastline where possible and the less travelled Abel Tasman Inland Track take you further inland. There are a number of camping...

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  • Visit Able Tasman National Park by Water...

    The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track.The start point for most of the water taxi companies is Kaiteriteri Beach. They service the beaches between there and Totaranui in the north combining commentery...

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  • Nelson Cathedral

    Christ Church Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral located at upper Trafalgar Street. The original Christ Church Cathedral was built at a different site in 1851 but a second church was built on Church Hill in 1887. Construction began on the existing building in 1925. Marble blocks, from the Pakikiruna Range near Takaka were to be used but after the...

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  • Nelson Cathedral - Stained Glass

    The rather grim exterior of Christ Church Cathedral in Nelson tends to give you a false impression. Inside the cathedral has a vast open space illuminated by many glorious stained glass windows in both the traditional and modern style.The Rose Window designed by Beverley Shore-Bennett of Wellington - one of over three hundred of her window designs...

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  • Miyazu Japanese Gardens

    This garden was established to celebrate the link of Sister City with Miyazu, north of Kyoto Prefecture on the main island of Honshu in Japan. It was opened in 1995.The gardens fill a small compact area and abound with the features tradionally found in Japanese gardens. Although in suburbia, once you walk trough the entrance gate made of old timber...

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Nelson Restaurants

  • Excellent Indian food - an equally...

    Busy and bustling but attentive and friendly waitstaff. We were served promptly. After a day hiking in Abel Tasman NP, I was very hungry. We had a buffet menu for two.$24.98 per personENTREE: a mixed platter of two pieces each of samosa, pakora, chicken tikka and seekh kebabMAINS: Butter chicken, Lamb rogan josh, Beef vindaloo, Navratan korma,...

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  • Dining with a Mexican theme

    Warm friendly atmosphere with personal service from the owner - mid week in the off-season. The menu has a selection of Mexican and western dishes. The Mexican food is all served mild with heat added by the choice of sauce. This due to the population demographic the patrons being mostly elderly. That suited my mother as she isn't fond of anything...

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  • Did they change owners? Pretentious and...

    The Boat Shed is situated in a beautiful location on the waterfront in Nelson, New Zealand. While there are a lot of tables crambed into a smallish space, you forgive that because of the view over the ocean. It really is a very pretty setting.On the downside, the menu is over complicated. Great produce should stand alone without having to over...

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  • Seafood Haven

    Voted Nelson's Best Restaurant 4 years in a row (2000-2003). It is a great place to enjoy the award winning cuisine - wonderful setting / atmosphere with fantastic views.You'll find fresh seafood dishes to you won't resist... feel like trying more than one on the menu. If you're not a seafood person, there's always beef and lamb on the menu... and...

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  • Best Fush n Chups in the South Island

    For those who just cant do with out the fish n chip hit, near The Customs house hotel on Wakefield Qy we sat on the pier there at sunset, with the best I had tasted for a long time, I think the fish was Blue Cod, just the best way to finish a day of touring.

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  • Typical Indian Food

    Its Indian food in a nice modern setting, so do not miss. We had quite a bit to eat here and were hardly able to move out. There's some nice seats outside where we lazed around for quite some time before heading back to our Hotel. Veg Biriyani and Raitha

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Nelson Transportation

  • Fly Air New Zealand into Nelson

    Nelson has a small airport with daily flights from Auckland, the gateway to New Zealand as well as from most other domestic airports, both small & larger. As always book early for best rates.

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  • by Ship

    from Wellington, through the Cook Straight into Picton, 3 1/2 h on the big Ferry, collecting first impressions of the South Island and the Marlborough Sounds, a truly impressiv entrance, when the Cook Straight is calm.you arrive in Picton and can take a Bus to Nelson, or you rent a car.timetables and fares at the webpage below.

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  • rent a car

    and why not do it style, rent an oldie, its fun too. seriously: when you arrive in Picton, all major Car Rental Companies are at hand. you could book from Wellington and pick then up in Picton in no time.just don't make the mistake to rent in Wellington and then have to pay the fare for the Ferry..160.- bucks out the window.Budget, Avis, Hertz,...

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Nelson Shopping

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  • Dodgy

    Absolute rip off & the tall guy that served me could not have been ruder. What a pity - nearly ruined an otherwise perfect stay in Nelson. Avoid this shop - there are many other places more deserving of your money. Steer clear of rude nasty people like this who let down an otherwise wonderful city. Would never ever shop there again More than you...

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  • Time for shopping !

    The watch shop has a nice selection but the way they advertize is unique. WATCH out for this car when you are in Nelson it will tell you where to find this shop.

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  • The LOTR jewelery, designed & Made in...

    Jens Hansen Gold and Silver Shop is a family owned Jewelery store and workshop,If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy this shop is for you. The ring from LOTR was designed and created here. Come in and see the real thing. You could also buy an authentic LOTR ring as a special gift for a LOTR fan.

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Nelson Local Customs

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    Seifried Winery

    by pepples46 Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    where ever you go or drive, you drive through vinyards, well not directly. roads are lined with vinyards, right left, left right. shortly before the harvest of the grapes, a heavy scent dazzels your sences.
    actually Nelson use to be sheep country, endless paddocks with sheep, that scent didn't dazzle your sences ......and while the hot climate comes with a high fire risk, Nelson's Farmers thought of something easier to do, sold of the sheep and putting grapes in. the fertil soil left behind from the sheep did the deed......Nelson has become New Zealands Wine Capital.
    sorry Hawks Bay, you will always have a great drop too!
    one of the finest around Nelson, the Owner immigrated from Austria in the mid 70's, a vintner by trade already and with his NZ born Wife started Seifrieds Winery.
    when in Nelson, look it up and have a good time in the Vinyards Garten Cafe
    have a look at the webside below

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Nelson Tourist Traps

  • by Ms_Lizzy Written Nov 26, 2008

    We bought some local wine to drink while we were in Nelson, New Zealand and still had a bottle left when we left to go home. We packed it in our cabin baggage. Unfortunately, you can't travel with wine in your cabin baggage and we had to throw it away. So, if you are taking wine home, pack it in the luggage you check in. Such a pity to throw away good wine!

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Nelson Off The Beaten Path

  • On the way to Golden Bay

    Tribull Drums is located on the road to Golden Bay. Watch for the sign about the shop with colorful handcrafted drums which are both great sounding and an awesome work of art.

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  • Rabbit Island

    Rabbit Island is about 20km west of Nelson (15 minutes drive from Nelson) & is a popular picnic spot. The island is reachable by a bridge that crosses the estuary behind the island. Most of the island is pine plantations, with a public picnic area in the middle of the front beach. The gates are closed @ sunset and there is no overnight stays...

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  • Picton

    where you arrive by Ferry. the Habour area has a lively bu also laid back atmosphere. the sandy beaches in secluded bay's, clear, clean waters inviting for a dip. then take your time to check out the lovely wee shops and the Cafes/Restaurants,the seafood is superb. find a bus connection or rent a car to drive through the dramatic headlands towards...

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Nelson Sports & Outdoors

  • Anchors Away Mates !

    Cat-O-Nine Charter out of the Wakefield Quay in Nelson offers charter services for fishing, diving and sightseeing. The overnight cruise is really nice and tranquil under the stars. By day the fishing is great and the West Coast scenery beautiful. And if you have luck catching any fish it will be cleaned, filleted and packed on ice on board. The...

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  • Sea Kayak @ Kaiteriteri

    A fun and different way to explore the Abel Tasman National Park - encounter with animals and visit various part of the coastline.Kaiteriteri Kayaks is the only sea kayaking company allowed to operated off this beach. They offer a range of kayaking options that suit all ages and abilities (from 2 hours to 5 days):- Overnight trips- Half Day tours-...

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Nelson Favorites

  • Nelson Visitor Information Centre

    The Nelson Visitor Information Centre offers a full booking service and information facility for the Nelson Region as well as nationally. They can help you plan, book, and begin your Nelson experience. The centre is located on corner of Trafalgar & Halifax Streets. You can also visit them on-line @ www.NelsonNZ.com. Phone: (03) 548 2304Email:...

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  • House with a View

    view over the sea from a friends housewhat more can I say.....some have it all, good on'emand if you haven't got an accommodation like this, you can walk on the Hills around Nelson, looking over the Tasman Sea and the Sounds. it is pretty, it is friendly and it is all there...in Nelson

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  • Blue Skies and warm Waters

    a 41/2 hour drive through from Christchurch and you see this pretty picture from the Lookout, down into the Tasman Bay and Motueka, then a mear 15min drive to Nelson. the Drive is already a memorable journey. pretty scenery from the Westcoast and its rugged Rainforest passing Mariua's Hotwaterpools, taking a dip., Coffeestop in Murchison and drive...

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An upstream trek
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Boring day cruise
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Suter Art Gallery
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Founders Historic Park
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