2010-10-25 18:44


Getting there
Nelson airport is the fourth busiest airport in New Zealand and flights run from 6 am to 9.30 pm daily with more than 80 arrivals and departures. Within the region, visitors are well serviced by local bus, coach and taxi services.

There is also a public bus service which operates around Nelson City to Richmond, and a ferry service between North Island and Nelson.

Trafalgar Park is less than a five minute walk from the city centre, straight up Trafalgar Street.

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The city of Nelson lies more or less in the centre of New Zealand. A fertile area, Nelson offered  abundant fish and seafood, and a favourable climate in which the local Maori quickly established gardens throughout the region, including extensive kumera (sweet potato) gardens alongside the Waimea river, Motueka and Riwaka, Mapua and Parapara.

The abundance of seafood and bird life made the greater Nelson region immensely popular and frequently fought over. The city is named after English Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson who won a famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The original Maori name for Nelson is Whakatu, which means 'to set up'. The top of the South Island is named Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui, often shortened to Te Tau Ihu (the prow) of the canoe of Maui, the legendary adventurer and explorer.

The settlement of Nelson began in 1842 with the arrival of settlers under the direction of the New Zealand Company and the Nelson Provincial Government was established in 1853. Today Nelson is made up of Kiwis and increasing numbers of immigrants from the UK, Germany, America and further afield. It is a vibrant place, with beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafes, artists and galleries all adding a unique flavour.

Nelson has the enviable reputation of being New Zealand's sunniest city, and its outdoor lifestyle and tourist activities make the most of this. Just some of the local and out-of-town activities include its historic buildings, the Cathedral, Queens Gardens, Nelson waterfront, port and marina, Maitai River, Tahunanui Beach, regional museum, World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars Museum.

Nelson is also surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other and the region is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park. It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism and has a high reputation among caving enthusiasts due to several prominent cave systems.

Cricket and rugby feature as the main sports in Nelson, but sailing, hiking and climbing, as well as caving are all very popular due to the city's natural surroundings.

Major local teams include the Air New Zealand NPC rugby team Tasman.

Nelson bay area. (Tourist board)


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