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!