Nelson - A magnet for creative people facing Tasman Bay, South Island

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4 Reasons You Should Take a Campervan Rental Trip Around Nelson, New Zealand

Located on the south island, Nelson is the oldest settlement in the area and the second oldest within the entire country of New Zealand. This coastal city is the economic and cultural center of the region and is packed with natural landscape to explore. The Nelson region covers five distinct areas, and is most easily visited by those travelers who have rented campervans for the journey. With an industry based around tourism, seafood, horticulture and forestry, there is plenty to see and do within the city itself and its surrounding areas. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider taking a campervan rental adventure starting in Nelson, New Zealand.

To Hang Around Nelson City

Though small enough to walk around, the city boasts plenty to do for visitors and locals alike. Between the restaurants, shopping and museums, there is always something to do between taking it easy and eyeing up the scenery.

  • Art Galleries: Visit, WOW The World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars. Even if you aren't a big fashion fan, the bizarre clothing made of obscure materials will be sure to interest you. The Suter Art Gallery is also worth a visit to see some 19th century works of art and it even has free admission on Saturdays.

  • Christ Church Cathedral: This Nelson landmark is one of the most historic and most photographed places in the city. It can be visited for services on Sunday and usually features a choir.

  • Founders Park: If you want to step back in history, visit this small collection of historic buildings located within the city. There are museums, historic displays and an old railway that runs on the weekends. The park offers a chocolate shop, craft bakery and an organic brewery attached to a cafe.

  • Natureland: A small zoo, perfect for those traveling with little ones. It features otters, llamas, wallabies and monkeys.

  • Adventure Sports: It's New Zealand after all and adventure sports run rampant around the country. Try skydiving or paragliding if you want to spice up your trip.

For The Dining Experience

A seemingly popular trend in New Zealand, fresh, local food can be found in almost any dish. The produce and meats are sourced from local farms and the seafood comes straight from the ports. Find them in the Farmer's Market to cook back in the camper or go out for a meal in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Paula's Plate and La Gourmandise are both quality establishments to get a fresh and well put-together meal. As per-usual for New Zealand, the wineries in the area are vast and well known for their aromatic properties. Try the renowned Sauvignon Blanc or hunt out one of the local breweries using locally grown hops.
For The Shopping
Perhaps because of its inspiring beauty, Nelson has been a gathering spot for artists and craftsmen over the years. Luckily for shoppers, this has left Nelson filled with shops and boutiques selling intriguing works of art as well as contemporary Maori handicrafts.

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  • Nelson Market: Open every Saturday morning, this market is filled with locally made products. Amongst the locally sourced food, guests can find organic produce, meats and fish. The stalls are also full of crafts such as pottery, weaving, silk paintings, jewelry and wood carvings. Make sure to show up hungry as there are many prepared food stands and places to get a good cup of coffee.
  • Jens Hansen Contemporary Gold and Silversmith: Where the infamous ring from "Lord of the Rings" was crafted, visitors here can shop around and take home something for themselves.
  • Flame Daisy: For some hand blown glass jewelry and decorations, head to Flame Daisy for a workshop and then to shop in its nearby store.
For The Getaways
If you want to hop in the NZ Campervan Hire and get out of the city, there are quite a few scenic places to visit.

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Abel Tasman National Park: Most loved for its beaches, this national park is also home to mountains, many bird species and Beech trees. Guests can witness the fur seals and make a visit to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Head to Cleopatra's Pool, a rock pool equipped with a natural, moss-covered waterslide or walk across the natural foot bridge that crosses over Falls River. Visitors can hike to Cascade Falls for beautiful waterfalls hidden within the bush.
Maitai Valley and Lee River Valley: Take the campervan up to these river valleys for a good swim, natural scenery and great patches of land for a picnic.
Alpine Lakes and Rivers: Take a scenic road trip to visit some of the lakes and rivers that are located around the region. Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi national parks are great destinations to have some fun in the sun and in the water.
Nelson is artsy, cultured, beautiful and just a scenic road trip away from the nearby natural sights. If you are considering renting a campervan or motorhome in New Zealand, Nelson could be one of your beginning destinations. An old town vibe, historic feel and landscape for days, a trip to Nelson will be a getaway that will give you that feel of a home away from home.
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