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Nelson

Country
New Zealand
State
New Zealand (General)
City
Nelson
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By bus

nterCity Coachlines is New Zealand's national coach company and operates over 150 services to more than 600 destinations nationwide. Daily services connect into Nelson from around the South Island.

Naked Bus stops in Nelson and offers fares on most of their routes. Finding them can be difficult but rewarding.

By plane

Nelson Airport is the 4th busiest in New Zealand. It is serviced by Air New Zealand and Sounds Air.

Air New Zealand offer regular flights to and from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and other provincial cities. Sounds Air offers flights around the north area of the south island and onto wellington.

By boat

Frequent Cook Strait ferry services between Wellington and Picton with bus connections to Nelson.

By car

Two hours driving from Picton, 1 1/2 hours from Blenheim and six hours driving from Christchurch.

Key places to visit
WOW The World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars, Suter Art Gallery, Miyazu Japanese Garden, Centre of New Zealand, Founders Park


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Places to Visit

WOW The World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars

s a museum dedicated to the fashion show that was held in Trafalgar Centre over seven nights in September each year until 2004. (The shows are now held in Wellington, but the museum remains in Nelson.) Thousands of people come from all over the world to see the most amazing (and sometimes bizarre) fashions made out of all kinds of materials.

Suter Art Gallery

has a large collection with emphasis on works by such 19th century artists as Gully, Lindauer and Van der Velden.

Miyazu Japanese Garden

inspired by Nelson's sister city Miyazu in, is a traditional Japanese stroll garden creating a tranquil environment. Look out for the cherry blossoms in spring.

Centre of New Zealand

a short walk up a hill close to the city centre and reacheable from the Botanic Garden (where the first game of Rugby was played in New Zealand). Good view from the top and an interesting walk through exotic and native vegetation to get to the Trigonometrical Point and Marker at the top.

Founders Park

a collection of historic buildings located in Nelson, some with museums or historical displays attached. There is also an organic brewery (the only one in the Southern Hemisphere) with an attached cafe that serves good meals. There is also a craft bakery, and a chocolate shop, and a railway that runs on weekends. A great place to spend a half day or more.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December

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