Relaxed, hospitable, and easy to explore on foot, Nelson has a way of always making you feel as though you should stay longer. You can make your way around the mostly two-story town in a day, poking into craft galleries and stopping at cafés, but two days is a practical minimum. You can also use Nelson as a base for a variety of activities within an hour's drive of the town itself.
Nelson at a Glance
Elsewhere in Upper South Island and the West Coast
- Abel Tasman National Park
- Farewell Spit
- French Pass and D'Urville Island
- Golden Bay and Takaka
- Kahurangi National Park