Nelson is a bright, optimistic, worldly town and is known as one of New Zealand's most liveable cities. In recent years Nelson has increased in profile due to its great weather and the increased popularity of local Marlborough Vineyards. This is a great destination with beautiful beaches, scenery and that wonderful holiday atmosphere!

With an alternative lifestyle epicentre and a fantastic café culture and beautiful Victorian houses, it is evident why people flock to this beautiful city. The town is home to the artsy type where dreadlocked wanderers roam the streets, usually on their way to the local Buddhist centres and yoga studios and galleries. If you really want to get a good look at this very urban-alternative and trendy town, just hang out at one of the local street cafés or coffee carts and watch the world go by.

Population: 61,000

Airport: Nelson Airport [NSN]


Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's most visited national park and blankets the northern end of a range of marble and limestone hills. There are various tracks within the park, including an inland route, although the coast track is the most fascinating and breathtaking.

Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in the country and extends off the Abel Tasman National Park. This hotbed of ecological wonderment is home to more then 100 bird species, and fifty per cent of New Zealand's plant species, a karst landscape and the largest know cave system in the southern hemisphere.

If you want to see all the sights in one go why not try the Double Decker Experience! It?s a handy way to get around and the bus departs the suburban bus lines/intercity depot twice daily and loops in and around Nelson, passing Founders Park, Isel Park, the World of Wearable Art Museum and Nelson's Waterfront.

Transport Around City: Buses, taxis and hire cars.

Recommended Restaurants: Harry's Bar (CBD), Oceano Restaurant (CBD), New Asian Chinese Restaurant (CBD), Poppy Thai Restaurant (CBD).

Recommended Bars: The Phat club (CBD), Shark Club (City).

Recommended Hotels: Shelbourne Villa, Monaco Hotel & Resort, Boutique Hotel Warwick House.

Climate: Most people consider Nelson to have the best climate in New Zealand. It is the sunniest place in New Zealand. It has a temperate climate with mild winters and hot summers bathed with sunshine. In summer Nelson has a subtropical feel to it.

Cultures: British & Maori.

Best time of year to travel: February to April.