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Destinations - Nelson Region

Visit Nelson and encounter the locals while picking apples in an orchard; discover creative marvels in an artist's studio; wander through the city's bustling outdoor Saturday market.

Street cafes & fine restaurants, concerts & performers, galleries & interesting shops, beaches, river & harbour cruising.

Major events include Montana World of WearableArt Awards, NZ Chamber Music Festival, Nelson School of Music Winter Festival.

Explore the Suter public art gallery (over 100 years old) & historic homes & parks. Visit boutique breweries & distilleries.

3 national parks within 90 mins of each other - Abel Tasman (coastal), Nelson Lakes (alpine) & Kahurangi (wilderness).

Many artists are involved in pottery & ceramics, glass blowing, woodturning, fibres, sculpture & painting. Visit artists in their studio or gallery. The region presents prominent arts festivals & events.

Nelson has superb seafood - scallops, mussels, crabs, fish; boutique wineries, hop growing & small local breweries; hillsides covered in pip-fruit orchards & berry fruit & roadside stalls. Quality cafes, excellent lodges & character B&Bs, high sunshine hours & great beaches make Nelson a great lifestyle destination.

Adventure activities - sea kayaking, walks, tandem sky diving, 4WD motor biking through native bush, Heaphy Track walks, Marble Mountain caving, 4WD drive along Farewell Spit, river rafting, sailing, horse riding & fly fishing. Nelson is an adventure.

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