What Nelson Offers:
- The highest recorded sunshine hours in New Zealand
- A compact regional geography with three beautiful and very different national parks: Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi
- A huge range of outdoor activities including sea kayaking, seal swimming, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, skiing, nature tours… and much, much more
- More than 100 cafés, more than 20 wineries, boutique breweries
- Fresh local delicacies and produce – such as seafood, berries, apples and locally-made gourmet foods
- More than 350 working artists with galleries and studios throughout the region
- The Nelson School of Music – New Zealand’s oldest music school
- A regional art gallery – The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu and the contemporary new Nelson Provincial Museum.
Nelson City Climate:
|Annual rainfall||1043 mm|
|Sunshine hours per year||2,449 hours|
|Nelson is one of New Zealand’s sunniest regions|
The Nelson lifestyle is about:
- Strong family values and a sense of ‘local’ community
- Appreciating quality time and a slower pace of life
- National and international influences, cultures and customs
- A relaxed yet dynamic business environment and a diverse economy
- Sunshine and outdoor recreation
Nelson city boasts more than 630 businesses in the inner city.
Nelson is a great place for shopping with more than 320 stores, award-winning cafés and restaurants. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of fashion boutiques, retail stores, jewellery, specialty stores, souvenir outlets, international chain stores, galleries and, of course, our famous Saturday Market.
Nelson’s compact city centre allows for easy exploration by foot, and provides a relaxed shopping and browsing experience. There are three large and accessible car parks to take the headache out of parking and help to make retail browsing a stress free experience.
Typical Nelson city shop trading hours are:
- Monday – Friday 9.00 am till 5.30 pm
- Saturday – 10.00 am till 2.00 pm
- Some local and national chain stores are open until 5.30 pm on Saturday and many also open on Sunday.
Could you live in Nelson?
Click ‘Could you live in Nelson’ to hear leading Nelson residents talk about lifestyle, education, youth, transport and connectivity, business, health, environment, art and sports and recreation.
The Nelson City Street Art book was released in October 2014 as a hard copy book and as a FREE online resource for locals and tourists. The book has a collection of the street art in Nelson City and Victory Community up to date as of September 2014. A self-guided map comes with the book and can be downloaded online. The online version will be updated yearly.
The book is available for purchase from Page & Blackmore’s Bookshop in Trafalgar Street, or Craig Potton’s Gallery at 255 Hardy Street. You can also borrow the book from the Nelson Public Library.