Nelson Points Of Interest

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.

Landlubbers and those who prefer to keep their feet dry, can also tap into the Tasman’s inescapable tempo by perusing the city’s wealth of art studios, galleries and modern boutique artisan stores such as Shine, South Street Gallery, Jewel Beetle, Rome, Catastrophe, and Element, while recycled art works can be viewed at the ReFinery Gallery.

Other must-see attractions include the Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson’s public art museum with its collection of New Zealand artworks including famous paintings by CF Goldie; the World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars Museum, where art hits the catwalk; and the Hoglund Art Glass Centre, where Ola Hoglund and Marie Simberg-Hoglund design and produce a unique range of hand-blown art glass.

Plus there is the not-to-be-missed hike to the historic ‘Centre of New Zealand’ on Botanical Hill, and Founders Heritage Park, a replica village depicting life in colonial Nelson from the 1880s through to the 1930s.

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

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