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  • General Information

    Other Name: Whakatū, District: Nelson , State: Nelson, New Zealand
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: English and Maori
    Long Distance Code: -
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    Best Time to Visit: December to February and September
    International Access: Connected to all the major cities of New Zealand.
  • Description

    The city of Nelson is close to the centre of New Zealand. It lies at the shore of Tasman Bay, at the northern end of the South Island, and is the administrative centre of the Nelson region. Nelson is a centre for arts and crafts, and each year hosts popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a museum, World of Wearable Art, is now housed close to Airport showcasing winning designs. Brightwater, near Nelson is the birthplace of Lord Rutherford, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose image appears on New Zealand''s $100 banknote, the largest denomination in circulation in New Zealand.
  • Location

    It lies at the shore of Tasman Bay, at the northern end of the South Island, and is the administrative centre of the Nelson region.
  • Climate

    Many people believe Nelson has the best climate in New Zealand, as it regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine hours, with an annual average total of over 2400 hours.
The Broadgreen House was built in the mid 1850s by one of Nelson''s early settler''s and is a fine example of a Colonial Cob House. All rooms have been faithfully and elegantly furnished to represent a lived in family home of the Colonial Victorian Period. The house is situated on landscaped grounds that include the Samuel rose garden and many heritage trees planted by the original owner. The sun drenched gardens make an ideal and safe place for a family picnic.

We welcome all visitors and offer group visits by appointment. We have exhibitions in our visitor complex and the house is decorated to match the seasons. The Broadgreen centre also offers a comfortable conference space.

Other heritage attractions are The Nelson Provincial Museum, Isel House, Suter Art Gallery, WOW Museum, and The Founder''s Heritage Park.

A ''must see'' attraction while visiting Nelson, New Zealand. A fabulous museum experience. Be moved by the theatrical WOW® Gallery - view garments from New Zealand''s unique WearableArt™ Awards Show, where art is "taken off the wall to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways". In the world class Classic Car Gallery - discover your dream car from over 50 cars and motorbikes on display featuring the best of automotive design from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Museum also includes an Audio Visual Theatre, Painting Gallery, NZ Craft Shop and Café. Open from 10am, 7 days.

Enjoy the charms of days gone by. At Founders Heritage Park experience life as it was in Nelson in the 1880s to 1930s. Stroll through the character streets, tranquil established gardens and discover charming village greens. During the summer months take a ride on the train, meet residence artists working in ceramics, wrought iron, stone jewellery and the ancient art of cooperage.

Treat yourself to the delights of the L''Artisan Bakery and Kerstiens Chocolates. Relax and dine alfresco at the Founders Café and Organic Brewery where beer testings are available. Founders Heritage Park hosts; weekly Farmers Market 3-6pm every Friday evening, quarterly Craft Beer Festivals, Festival of Opportunities, Antique to Retro Extravaganza, Queen''s Birthday Book Fair and many more popular events, see our website.

Open daily, 10am-4.30pm.

Happy Valley Adventures, 15 minutes from Nelson city, is where you can enjoy one of our immensely popular 4-Wheel Motorbike adventures. Ride your own bike or be a passenger on one of the fully-guided tours which range from 1.5-3 hours. Ride across the river, through the native forest and along hillside trails for wonderful views of the surrounding bays.

The Skywire flying-fox ride is unique and thrilling, and the longest flying-fox in the world. Soar 1.6km across a forest valley at speeds up to 100km/h - then return backwards! For something gentler, take a Tour of Discovery in our 4WD van or perhaps a relaxing Horse Trek. We have rides to suit all abilities. On our Maori Culture tour you will learn about the land and lore of the original local inhabitants. Paintball games and ''Argo'' fun rides are also available and our Cafe is open daily.

Enjoy the very best of Marlborough on a guided tour with Marlborough Travel. Take in the stunning wineries and attractions of Marlborough. Superb vehicles, superb guides and superb day out. The team at Marlborough Travel is always keen to create something special for your group. Just let us know the number of people, the places you would like to visit and we will create a suggested itinerary just for you. It''s that simple!! We can also arrange special lunches or dinners to suit a theme or just a favourite food.