A mild sunny climate year round and magnificent landscape from alpine lakes, and raging rivers, to wide sandy coastlines provide a backdrop for leisurely adventure from kayaking to walking to skiing, to enjoying one of the region’s many beaches.

Three National Parks are surrounded by fertile countryside providing fresh produce: berries, olives, apples and pears. Grapes and hops also thrive and are handcrafted into fine wines and thirst-quenching brews, and the surrounding bays provide the ocean’s bounty. Pick your path through rolling hills and coastal landscapes visiting gourmet food producers, boutique wineries and breweries, and the studios of an extraordinary artistic community that thrives here.

Vibrant coastal towns are full of bustling cafes, charming boutiques and funky art galleries, waiting to be leisurely explored.
Port Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia.   Fresh fish, scallops, clams and mussels feature on the menus of creative chefs. Nelson winemakers are renowned for aromatic varieties – a perfect match for seafood. Or enjoy a cold ale at the end of day exploring - craft brewers are a plenty with serious pubs and breweries aplenty

Motorsport Attractions

  • WOW World of Wearable arts and Classic Cars Museum -A truly unique collection of wearable art and classic motor vehicles.  An absolute must visit for anyone travelling to Nelson
  • NZ Classic Motorcycles - Recently opened to the public this is a superb collection of 290  classic motorbikes and not one to be missed as it is the largest collection in the country.