Nelson Campervan Hire Holiday
Nelson, first known as Whakatu, is a peaceful seaside city renowned for its wealth of talented artisans – painters, potters, sculptors and the like - who make their home here by the sea, forming and becoming part of the creative landscape. The region possesses more working artists per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand, so it’s no surprise to discover that there’s a host of galleries, studios and artist’s workshops to visit. Add to this Nelson’s golden-sand beaches, boutique wineries, world-famous brown trout rivers, hiking in Mount Richmond Forest Park plus all the sailing, beachcombing and fishing that’s also on offer, and you certainly won’t be short of things to do.
Motueka is a buzzy little town full of quirky cafes and a myriad of boutiques, galleries and studios displaying local created wares. Down at the beach there’s salt water pools for the kids to swim in, a huge marina from where charter and pleasure boats depart, and a wealth of orchards growing apples and hops.
In Murchison, you have two choices: relax and soak up the beautiful scenery, or break personal boundaries and enjoy a new activity in the great outdoors. And from whitewater rafting, mountain biking jet boating, kayaking, fly fishing, or even cometing – an activity unique to this region – there’s certainly no lack of things to do!
There are a limited number of Nelson Campervan Hire options available, so most campervan holiday makers prefer to pick up their rental campervan in Christchurch. There are great camping ground options around Nelson to enjoy.
Further afield Nelson has a number of charming routes to explore which offer every incentive to dawdle along the way, sidetracked by artisan workshops and specialty boutiques to browse, and orchards of apples and hops. There is so much to discover on your Nelson Campervan road trip.
Nelson is renowned for its wonderfully fresh seafood. This is the place to sample a range of New Zealand shellfish including freshly harvested mussels, scallops and paua, sizeable Tasman Bay paddle crabs – a prized delicacy in these parts, and other fish such as snapper and succulent farm-raised salmon.
As you drive around Nelson in your rental campervan you'll find local rivers teem with long finned eels, a species threatened by pollution and commercial fishing. These eels are the largest freshwater eel in the world and have evolved over a period of 65 million years.
Historically Nelson was geographically dubbed ‘the centre of New Zealand’, thanks to a Nelson-based surveyor commissioned to connect up a series of independent surveys of New Zealand – a task which he began at the summit of Botanical Hill, deemed to be ‘the centre of New Zealand’. Today it is one of the city’s most popular walkways, offering fabulous views of Tasman Bay and Mount Richmond Conservation Park, the city’s dramatic backdrop.
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As you explore the Nelson region in your rental motorhome, your experience will be enhanced by understanding its rich Maori history. The Europeans who settled here in the 1840s were newcomers as Maori had made the region their home in the 12 Century, mining and trading argillite, a locally-sourced hard rock used to make adzes, the principal tool of woodcarvers.
Whilst the early tools and materials of Maori arts and craft work were limited to wood, stone, fibre and shell, good use was made of everything available. Today there are several well known Maori artists residing in Nelson, and their works span many media, from the newest technologies to the arts of their Maori forefathers such as whakiro (carving), kowhaiwhai (painting) and tukutuku (woven panels).
To really get a feel for the town, you need to park your campervan rental vehicle for the day and get out on the water. Boating of all descriptions is a popular pursuit here and every Wednesday evening sails fill Tasman Bay, as locals get together for social racing. Visitors can join in the fun – and the racing – aboard Jamarh, skippered by Martin Holmes of Cat Sailing & Launch Charters.
This part of a motorhome rental or campervan hire trip on New Zealand’s’ south island is full of incredible places to discover, as well as numerous opportunities for adrenaline junkies, and something for those who enjoy great food and wine.
St Arnaud is situated on the shores of Lake Rotoiti at the head of the Nelson Lakes National Park, where thanks to the Department of Conservation’s intensive management of pests in the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project, the beech forests ring with an almost deafening chorus of birdsong.
The township and the region known as the Wairau Valley is an area of wide river flat plains and rolling hills between Renwick and St Arnaud.