Nelson & Richmond

Being at the centre of the country brings its benefits. We’re accessible, highly connected to other centres, and an incubator for some of New Zealand’s most successful and most-loved businesses and products.

Our city of Nelson (and nearby service centre Richmond) have all the amenities you expect in a city of around 50,000 people. High-quality restaurants (with al fresco dining), boutique shops, plenty of live music, theatre and art galleries and some of the most stunning natural landscapes in New Zealand. It’s hard to beat the view from top of the Centre of New Zealand or the sight of snow-capped hills from Tahunanui Beach on a crisp, sunny winter morning.

Our weekly Nelson Saturday Market has been operating for 40 years and is a ‘must do’ activity for visitors and locals. It’s a wonderful way to get a taste of the work of local fashion designers, artisan producers and the surprisingly diverse people who make up our community.

There are numerous festivals throughout the year and plenty of attractions for all ages – including Pic’s World of Peanut Butter (with factory tours), World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum, Founders Heritage Park, the Suter Gallery, and the Nelson Provincial Museum (an award-winning museum that hosts touring and permanent exhibitions).

 

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