Located on New Zealand's South Island, Nelson is a compact city which is also the geographic centre of the country midway down the east coast. A lovely coastal destination, Nelson holidays boast some of New Zealand's most striking scenery. This Nelson Travel Guide is designed to help you plan your holiday to Nelson. Christchurch is the international gateway to the South Island and is also the South Island's largest city.
The most popular holiday destination in the Nelson region, Christchurch is situated just north of the Banks Peninsula and is a vibrant blend of 1800 Europe and cosmopolitan lifestyle. A picturesque city, Christchurch was designed as a garden city for religious citizens but the parks and cathedrals are now interspersed by the modern shopping, dining, galleries, theatres, culture and attractions.
Most Nelson accommodation is concentrated in Christchurch, situated in the heart of the city and surrounds, however there are also a few properties located in slightly more secluded spots, approximately 1 hour to 90 minutes outside of Christchurch. A popular tourist region, Nelson accommodation generally ranges from 4 to 5 stars and offers everything from luxury modern hotels to full service resorts and even tree houses. Perfect for those passing through or visitors who wish to spend a bit more time in this picturesque region, Nelson accommodation offers a great range of onsite facilities.
Scenic gondola rides and historic tram rides a wonderful way to see the sights and familiarise yourself with the city. Cathedral Square features the Aquarium of Discovery complete with glow worm cave, fly fishing simulator and hundreds of aquatic species. Nature lovers will also enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime nature experiences in Kaikoura where you can swim with the dolphins or get up close and personal with an albatross encounter. There are a number of wineries nearby which are always popular for leisurely days lunching and tasting a drop or two. Other popular Christchurch activities include the hot pools of Hanmer Springs and adventure activities such as bungy jumping, jet boating, rafting and quad biking.