Nelson information

Nelson is situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. This area is sheltered by hills and mountains which gives the region a mediterranean micro climate.

Nelson’s nickname ‘Sunny Nelson’ is well deserved with an average of over 2400 annual sunshine hours, laying claim to New Zealand’s top sunshine spot. This temperate climate lends itself to a multitude of Cafes and wineries where vistors can sample local produce in beautiful surroundings.

Once you’ve finished fishing for the day there are numerous other outdoor activities to tempt such as white water rafting, kayaking, diving, climbing, windsurfing, jet skiing, sea and fly fishing, skiing, tramping and just about anything else outdoors you can think of.

Nelson receives around 230,000 vistors annually which has given way to a wide range of accommodation from B&B’s and Backpackers to Motels, Lodges and Hotels. When night falls you’ll also find a wealth of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and nightclubs to feed both your body and mind. You’ll soon find that in Nelson just because you’ve hung up your fishing rod for the day doesn’t mean the fun has stopped!

For information on Nelson accommodation, restaurants and upcoming events go to our Nelson Links page. If you want to see what other activities you or your family can get up to while visiting Nelson go to our Other Activities page.

Nelson Stats

Population – 48,000

Population Increase – 12.4%

Climate – Sunshine hours 2420, Rainfall 986mm (Annual)

Recreation – Tahunanui beach, 1 city river, 356 parks and reserves.

Amenities – 45 Churches, 2 local newspapers, 6 local radio stations, 1 local television station

28 early childhood facilities, 8 retirement complexes, 1 CAB, 4 shopping centres/malls.

Arts, Sport & Leisure – 3 theatres, 6 drama groups, 3 libraries, 1 art gallery, 350 artist/dealer galleries, 36 halls, 2 pools, 4 sports centres, 250 sports clubs, 90 resturants, pubs and bars, 3 cinema complexes, 14 arts and cultural festivals.

Information: North & South magazine December 2000