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Welcome to Nelson

Nelson is an irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape at the top northwest corner of the South Island. From the northern edge of the Southern Alps across the fertile plains and out to a great sweep of beaches, our place is beautifully laid out under a generous sun that delivers New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. It’s a place of diverse landscapes, benign weather and easy living.


The urban centers of Nelson and Richmond are at the heart of this compact and diverse region. Behind the broad beaches and bays the rolling horticultural land of the plains is famous for it’s fruit and wine. The region is backdropped by alpine National Parks and natural wildernesses. To the west, separating Nelson Bay from equally interesting Golden Bay is the world famous Abel Tasman National Park.


Nelson and Richmond’s combined population of 54,500 ranks it as New Zealand’s 10th most populous city.

Maori occupation dates back some 800 years, while European settlement began in 1842. Today Nelson is made up of Kiwis and an increasing numbers of immigrants from the UK, Germany, America and further afield.

The lifestyle ambiance here is relaxed and casual. The townships are small and friendly and everywhere is easily accessible with in an hours drive.
With its almost Mediterranean-type climate the region is well know for its street cafes, its seafood and wine, and the wide range of outdoor activities on offer like, hiking, wind surfing, kayaking, and mountain biking.


The Nelson economy is based on the “big four” industries; seafood, horticulture, tourism and forestry. Port Nelson is the biggest fishing port in Australasia. There are also a range of growth industries, including art and craft, aviation, engineering technology, and information technology.