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.
Pick up some up at the supermarket and prepare it yourself, or relax at any of Nelson’s top cafes and restaurants including Oceano, the Waterfront Café & Bar, or The Boatshed, built on stilts overhanging the harbour. The setting here is relaxing: as water laps gently beneath your seat and boats cruise by the ingredients for a range of delectable fare are plucked directly from salt water holding tanks located onsite.
Quite simply fish doesn’t come any fresher than this - and you can even choose your own Tasman Bay paddle crab before it’s gently simmered in a mild chilli and karengo cream sauce; or choose wild paua to eat raw as sashimi, or grilled as a steak and seasoned in classic Kiwi-style with kelp pepper.
Produce-wise Nelson also contributes to New Zealand’s production of nashi pears, kiwifruit and berryfruit – and the entire national crop of hops. What’s more there’s a range of boutique wineries and breweries at your fingertips, and farm fresh apples, boysenberries and other produce is sold from simple roadside stalls. And if you are keen to try trout, enthusiastic fly fisherpeople can test out their skills on rivers nearby.
Thanks to Tourism Radio for much of the content supplied about Nelson. Tourism Radio is like having your own tour guide - providing you with audio commentary of over 2000 points of interest in New Zealand. It is available for rental with any vehicle booked on www.motorhomeandrvtravel.com