Nelson VacationsNew Zealand
The thriving, small city of Nelson, set on the coast in a broad basin between the Arthur and Richmond ranges on the northern part of the North Island , is a beguiling place. Initially it is not much to look at, but on longer acquaintance it gets its hooks into …

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Reviews of Nelson

Abigail Cagadas
Abigail CagadasHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
27/02/2017

My favorite town in the South Island! Stayed here during winter. It rained a lot but at least its still warmer compared to the other towns in the S.I.

tcoll
tcollCardiff, UK
30/03/2015

I had built Nelson up in my mind as some kind of idyllic, relaxed beach town long before I got there - which it's not. There's no beach at all and while there are some wonderful backpackers around, there is little to do in Nelson itself - everything decent is half an hour to an hour away. There are probably many great things about Nelson, but I never could forgive it for not being what I'd anticipated (though this is my own fault!) That said, there are some great easy walks along the river

John White
John WhitePukalani, Hawaii, USA
04/11/2013

Great place to visit in Northern South Island region. Close to Able Tasman Park. The region boasts great wineries with wonderful back roads.

Yogic Traveler ❀
Yogic Traveler ❀Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
09/03/2012

I spent a few days in Nelson. It is a cute little town with a bit of an international backpacker scene for all the travelers making their way around the South Island. I stopped here primarily to check out the World of Wearable Art Museum.

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