Spectacular scenery and a true Mediterranean feel;
Coasts, lakes, forests, mountains, and the ocean offer endless outdoors opportunities for locals as well as tourists, such as walking the Heaphy Track, Abel Tasman Track, or kayaking in the bays. But a truly striking aspect of Nelson and Tasman Bay is the rather alternative lifestyle, even by New Zealand standards. The region is not as ethnically diverse as other places in New Zealand, with over 90% of the population having European origins. Long sunshine hours, an extensive coastline, a laid-back way of life, and a particularly thriving arts and crafts community means Nelson is popular with tourists and younger workers alike and the region definitely has a different feel.
“Sunny Nelson” also boasts the country’s best overall climate with mean averages of 22-24C in summer and 12-14C in winter. Attracting many visitors but also catering for locals, Nelson city has a commendable cafe and restaurant scene. Foodies visit from all over the country to sample the region’s great wines and craft beers.