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Nelson

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Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. With a fine selection of local galleries and artists' studios, a tour of Nelson's main center provides a fine introduction to the country's art scene. Don't miss exhibits of techniques particular to the area, including glassblowing and printmaking. A good set of restaurants and bars give you varied options for evening plans, and--this being New Zealand--you have plenty of chances to get active on your trip to Nelson. Adventures like rock climbing, 4x4 biking, horseback riding, and skydiving give you a new perspective on the city and Tasman Bay. When using our New Zealand vacation tool to make an itinerary online, Nelson holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.
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Where to stay in Nelson

Nelson has the range of accommodations you would expect to find in a modern city in a great location. More upmarket hotels line the river and cluster in the city center. Budget-minded travelers will also find a number of hostels and motels here. On the outskirts of the city there are more motels, RV parks, and campsites, offering great options for those interested in outdoor excursions and city day trips.
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