Absolutely do not miss visiting the World of Wearable Art. It is the most amazing "museum" you will ever see.
And as part of the same complex, do not miss seeing the Classic Car Museum. The collection of beautifully restored vintage and veteran cars is huge and must be close to world class!
We only stayed two nights in Nelson, doing a day trip to the Able Tasman National Park. It was a very enjoyable day.
If and when we return to New Zealand I would definitely to back to the Nelson area as a base camp and do a few more day trips from this location.
Abel Tasman Park is a short drive away and is the best nature attraction and makes Nelson highly desirable.
Local vineyards are also a great attraction. The harbor and the beaches are spectacular. The Harbour Light Restaurant is superb and has an imaginative menu with a good wine list. The Sprig and Fern tavern in town has live entertainment and the proprietor, Lee, is magnanimous and ingratiating. Te Puna Wai Lodge, a B&B, is as good a place to stay as you will find anywhere.
Beautiful scenery and beaches, close to Marlborough and the vineyards, and close to Tasman National Park and activities such as tramping and sight seeing
Well designed historical city with a variety of attactions and facilities especially of historical nature very pleasant and equitable climate with a very safe beach
I found Nelson a very clean city with plenty of things to do.Eating out was ajoy as the many cafes and resteronts had wonderful food and the prices were very cheap conpaired to Wellington.
People were very friendly and helpfull.
We re nted a car, very happy with local car rental business. Then we drive around local wineries, orchards, beaches.
We really enjoyed our time in Nelson. Great littel boutique like city
The skywire is great fun for all ages, provided you are not afraid of heights. The World of Wearable Art Exhibition should not be missed.
The official reviews do not do it justice. I only went because the young lady at the Skywire recommended it. It is absolutely amazing, impossible to describe, it just has to be seen to be appreciated.
It was great to visit Nelson again. I haven't been there for a few years although live only in Wellington across Cooks Straight.
Nelson is a lively regional city with 'Taste Nelson' food and wine/boutique beer fair on Saturday and an excellent craft market also. An excellent choice of theme restaurants at night too.
Typically a very sunny place, Nelson is not so much fun in stormy weather. The food was great, though, and the people are lovely.
If you are planning to visit the Abel Tasman National Park, you are better off staying at other nearer towns, for e.
g Motueka to save on driving time.
It issupposed to be the centre of New Zealand. Lots of nice wineries. Has the most sun. Has nice "arty" feel about it.
Very pleasant and lovely scenery around it with great walks and water activities.
Easy walks around the city including to the centre of NZ scenic hill walk.Weather was sunny during my stay.
Galleries, markets, food, beaches and shopping all worthwhile experiences. Retailers treat visitors very well with friendly service. Using a rental car was great to explore local sights into the Nelson region. Local food and wines all excellent. Hotels are easily accessible and inner city apartments are generally very comfortable and relaxing.