"Nelson" Nelson/Tasman Tip by mad4travel

Nelson/Tasman, New Zealand: 5 reviews and 5 photos

by mad4travel

Nelson ranks as my favourite town in New Zealand. It has the reputation for the sunniest place in New Zealand with an annual average total of over 2400 hours.

Nelson has good beaches and a sheltered harbour. The harbour entrance is protected by a natural breakwater known as The Boulder Bank, which also reduces the effects of the tide on Nelson city's beach, Tahunanui.

Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other. It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism, and has a high reputation among caving enthusiasts due to several prominent cave systems around Takaka Hill and Mount Owen.

The geographical "Centre of New Zealand" allegedly lies in Nelson; on a hilltop suspiciously convenient to the centre of the city. This supposed "centre" in fact simply marks the point deemed the "centre" for the purposes of early geographical surveys. The true geographical centre lies in a patch of unremarkable dense scrub in a forest on the Spooner Range near Tapawera, 35 kilometres southwest of Nelson.

Nelson serves as a centre for arts and crafts, the town centre has a 6 screen cinema, lots of interesting shops, a local history museum and lots of cafes.

Apparantly I'm not the only person who likes it. It is the fastest growing town in New Zealand and actually has a rush hour and traffic jams on the road down to Richmond the town next door, that definitely makes it a metropolis!

Website: http://www.nelsonnz.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 26, 2006
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