Nelson City & Surrounds

As the main urban hub in the top of New Zealand’s South Island, Nelson is a vibrant city and the gateway to fascinating towns and villages. There are three national parks within 90 minutes drive.

Nelson City has a population of just under 50,000, ranking it as New Zealand’s 12th most populous city, and it’s the geographical centre of New Zealand – you can walk up the Centre of New Zealand track for stunning views over the city and Tasman Bay.

Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and cultural scene and Saturday morning market. It gave birth to the annual Wearable Art Awards and a local museum, World of Wearable Art, now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.

The Christ Church Cathedral looks over the city streets where you will find boutique shops, art galleries and alfresco dining.

Along Wakefield Quay, Nelson’s picturesque waterfront, you will find several restaurants with views across the harbour to the mountains.

For more top tips for visitors to Nelson City visit the official Nelson Tasman Tourism website.