Visit Nelson - Best of Nelson

You wouldn’t expect much from this small unassuming looking town, but you’d be surprised. Nelson’s power lies in surprising you with its hidden gems. Whether you’re charmed by the enchanting Japanese garden, or stunned by the vista of the Golden Bay an hour’s drive to the north, this South Island town will delight you by turns. Here’s why:

Natural Beauty! The walks and treks along the coastline and throught the national parks are simply stunning. It’s not that a single feature stand out prominently as it is the whole of nature (including the weather) coming together to make a quiet, mystical experience. And the weather is almost always pleasant. Whether is beaches or the forests for you, Nelson will deliver… or at least, its lush surroundings will.

Culture! Nelson’s Victorian architecture alone, especially the elegant cathedral, is worth a wow or two. The town is riddled with short but pretty historical walks that are designed to impress in short order. The weekend market is a fun as all hell, and the art museum’s nothing to sneeze at. You didn’t know this place is regarded as the county’s art capital!

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  • Full-Day Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk
    Full-Day Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk

    Duration: Flexible

    Paddle intothe heart of Abel Tasman National Park on afull-day kayaking and trekkingtour with a guide. Start with an included...

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  • Full-Day Abel Tasman Relaxed or Late Riser Kayaking
    Full-Day Abel Tasman Relaxed or Late Riser Kayaking1 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    In the 'Heart' of the Abel Tasman National Park we offer a combination of kayaking and walking or just a relaxing afternoon k...

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  • Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Forest Walk
    Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Forest WalkNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Mins

    Enjoy the Abel Tasman National Park on a full-day of discovery. Experience an ultimate boat cruise around the national park w...

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  • Abel Tasman and Golden Bay Tour
    Abel Tasman and Golden Bay TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    A whole day in a boat cruise, tour in air-conditioned minivan and stops with short walking options with a guide. Cruise the A...

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Facts and Stats for Nelson*

  • Pollution Statistics in Nelson

    Know the pollution level of Nelson before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 10 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Nelson: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Nelson for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nelson.

    • Burglary and Theft 15 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 15 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 15 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Nelson - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 74.2 (High)
    • Pollution Index 22.93 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 41 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 68.06 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.74 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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