Nelson Region, New Zealand
Artists, sunshine and wine...
If it's sunshine, deep blue seas and golden sand beaches you're looking for, in a region surrounded by fertile soils, lush native forests, and inhabited by generations of green-fingered orchardists, market gardeners, vintners, craft people and artists, welcome to paradise.
Nestled into the Tasman Bay, on the top of New Zealand's South Island, the city of Nelson offers a lifestyle the envy of many in the entire country. Travel with us into the premier grape growing areas via Nelson's Port Hills which provide breathtaking views of Tasman Bay, ringed with blue mountain ranges.
Travel beside fragrant crops of hops, umbrellas of kiwifruit vines, rows of fruit laden apple trees, and an increasing numbers of olive groves to boutique vineyards in hidden valleys. There are always new places to discover.
It's thriving art's and culture scene, with over 350 artists and craftspeople, are supported by the Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network, the Suter Art Gallery, The Ethnic Council and the Nelson Polytechnic with its many courses and multinational students. Local bands are also supported by the Nelson School of Music and several local pubs, such as the Victoria Rose near the foot of the cathedral steps that spills jazz and tables onto the footpath. This central area is littered with bubbling cafes, and there are several on the side streets too so it's well worth snooping around a bit.