Known as the Sunshine City, Nelson is an idyllic, vibrant place to visit. It is well regarded for its beautiful beaches, bays and scenic walkways. City life is modern with a snazzy cafe scene, diverse culture and the area is also well known for its many Vineyards plus arts and crafts.
Nelson Lakes National Park: Approximately 120 km Southwest of Nelson, the Lakes Park is made up of two beautiful glacial lakes, thousands of hectares of beech and coniferous forest. One of this area's biggest draw cards is its great walkways that take you around lakes, through valleys and over mountains. Saint Arnaud Village, at the northern end of Lake Rotoiti, should be your first stop. There are many walkways for you to choose depending on how far you want to walk. Walks range from 1/2 an hour to 4 days. There are some nice short walks along the shores of both Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa.
See also our Abel Tasman and Golden Bay Tourism Guide.