Guide to Nelson, New Zealand

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Located on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, Nelson is known for its gorgeous weather and adventurous outdoor activities. There is a great range of things to do in the Nelson Tasman region and a whole lot of delicious food and wine to try. Here is a quick guide to the area:

Things to Do in the Nelson-Tasman Region
The Nelson Tasman region is the home to some of New Zealand's finest national parks, including Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park. In addition to its breathtaking views and walks, these parks offer plenty of exciting Nelson activities like rafting, sea-kayaking, biking, hiking, jet boating, cruising and stand up paddle boarding.

One of the most popular things to do in Nelson is visit locations from the film 'The Hobbit', directed by Peter Jackson. Throughout the Nelson Tasman region, there are about 7 locations that cover the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogies, including Takaka Hill at Canaan Downs, and Golden Bay. Even if you aren't a fan of the movies, these Nelson attractions are still worth a visit.

Places to Eat in the Nelson-Tasman Region
The Nelson Tasman region is known for its excellent produce and passionate winemakers and brewers. Throughout the region, there is a wide selection of places to eat and drink, from fine dining restaurants, family restaurants and casual cafes to boutique wineries and lively country bars. Some of the most popular places to eat in Nelson include River Kitchen, The Styx, Harry's, The Indian Cafe, the Vic Brewbar, Tongtara, Nicola's Cantina and the Tides Restaurant and Bar.

Nelson Climate

The Nelson Tasman region enjoys a temperate, oceanic climate all year long. The region's summer months have very long sunny days, giving visitors lots of time to explore the outdoors. Nelson's long summer days and cool autumn nights have also made it ideal for the production of world class wine. Spring is one of best times of the year to visit, with the colourful burst of vines and flowers making the area all the more beautiful. Although the region can sometimes experience stormy winters, Nelson generally has one of the best climates of all the major New Zealand centres. Average maximum summertime temperatures range from 21-24C while the average winter temperatures range from 13-14C.

Getting Around the Nelson-Tasman Region
It's worth collecting a New Zealand car hire for getting around the Nelson Tasman region so that you can explore as many attractions as possible. There are many great rental cars in Nelson available for hire, some of which are located near the airport. Nelson is also well equipped with excellent local taxi, coach and bus services, along with water taxis, shuttles and cruises. Walking and cycling is an enjoyable way to get around the area too, as it gives you the chance to make the most of the pleasant Nelson weather.

Nelson Accommodation

Throughout the Nelson Tasman region, there are many accommodation options. Visitors are spoilt for choice when deciding where to stay. If you're looking for modest accommodation, there are plenty of warm, relaxed backpackers throughout the region where you could spend as little as $30 per person each night. This type of accommodation is a great way to save money while making friends at the same time. If you want a more luxurious holiday experience, you may be better suited to one of Nelson's stunning holiday homes or award-winning hotels, which can cost from $100-$500+ depending on the place. There are also various down to earth hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, farm stays and cheap motels available throughout the area.