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Nelson Region

Nelson, the sunniest spot in New Zealand, is based between snow-capped mountains, rolling vineyards and golden beaches and is also the geographic centre of New Zealand.

Nelson is New Zealand's second oldest city, settled in 1841, and has the country’s most sunshine hours per year. This sunny and warm climate is the reason that around Nelson more than 20 wineries are located. The city, with around 50.000 inhabitants, is surrounded by the three national parks: the Kahurangi National Park, the Nelson Lakes National Park and of course the most popular: Abel Tasman National Park.

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Nelson Lakes National Park

Nelson is well placed as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Located south of Nelson, the National Park offers water sports, lakeside tramping trails and alpine adventures, including skiing in winter.

The park's long valleys are connected by alpine passes, which are within the capabilities of fit, reasonably experienced trampers. Tramping options range from day walks to 7 days walks or more.

Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy the region’s unique combination of coast and forest. The golden beaches and sparkling turquoise waters of the Abel Tasman National Park may be explored by launch or water taxi, a sea kayaking expedition or by walking the unforgettable Coastal Track.

Visitors can take a short scenic walk into the Park, or traverse the entire length of the track in three to five days, with or without a guide.

The Vineyards – Taste the sun

The fruit of the region’s wines is making a big splash in the world of wine. Innovative and adventurous winemakers are crafting flavours from a wide range of grapes to stunning effect.

Many have their cellar doors open for tasting and also to meet the people behind the wines and learn about their art of wine making. Take a winery tour around the region and enjoy with all senses!


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