Nelson is home to the busiest port in New Zealand and offers heritage trails, high quality food and wine, fine arts and extreme activities, all within an exciting and thriving city. The crystal clear Maitai River runs through Nelson’s centre and its path to sea can be followed via a beautiful scenic walkway. The historic Wakapuaka Cemetery is the burial place of many European settlers and, interestingly, a Russian princess. The Nelson School of Music is the oldest music school in the nation, and tourists may also enjoy the scenic Nelson’s Queens Gardens and the unusual Christ Church cathedral.
Nelson has an international reputation as a centre for the arts. The Nelson Arts Festival heralds the beginning of the summer festivals season, while the Wearable Arts Awards and the World of Wearable Art museum cater to those who prefer their art more avant garde.
Richmond is a smaller town that boasts gorgeous scenic rivers and gardens. Fresh food enthusiasts will appreciate the plentiful roadside produce stalls, while shopaholics can enjoy a laid back shopping experience. Nearby Rabbit Island beach also provides a relaxed holiday experience.
The twin cities of Nelson and Richmond offer many outdoor pursuits, such as four wheel motorbikes, horse riding and kite surfing. Families should enjoy Tahunanui Beach, which boast a family playground, zoological park, mini golf, model railway, water slide and roller skating.