There iThe best way to describe Nelson on the top North West of New Zealand’s South Island is as a lifestyle. This is because it is situated in the sunniest part of the country. Nelson has a diverse geography that includes everything from untouched forests to long golden beaches and mountains that are rugged. There is plenty to see and do in the part of New Zealand and it is hardly surprising that so many people choose to call Nelson home. If you are planning on checking out Nelson, then here is a short guide.

A magnet for artists

Largely due to its sun and location, Nelson attracts droves of creative people. The town boasts a population of working artists and craftspeople that number over 350. They work on everything from contemporary and traditional to Maori art. If you love culture, you have the opportunity to visit their studios and if you’re lucky then you may even find a lovely piece of art to take back with you.

Things to do

You should definitely take a stroll along the sun drenched sand of Golden Bay. Alternatively wander towards Takaka and see the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand which posses some of the clearest water you will ever see. You could also walk the Abel Tasman track that takes between three to five days to walk. If you prefer a view that is different you could take a coastal sea kayaking tour where you will see blue penguins and a seal colony that are truly amazing. If you want to just chill you could just sit back in the sun and enjoy wine made at one of the local vineyards whilst chowing down on Nelson Bay’s world famous scallops.

There are lots of options for Accommodation in Nelson ranging from the most basic back packer joints to luxury hotels as well as everything else in between.