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Overview

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Nelson's Māori name, Whakatū, means 'build', 'raise', or 'establish'. Nelson is one of the few New Zealand cities to have its own flag. The city of Nelson was named after Admiral Lord Nelson of Battle of Trafalgar fame. With the sun shining most days and with its enjoyable and beautiful environment, there are many good reasons to visit the Nelson region and get acquainted with the creative local culture. Situated in the north-west corner of the South Island, the Nelson region is surrounded by sheltering mountain ranges giving it a Mediterranean-type climate with golden beaches, national parks, boutique wineries, micro breweries and a large creative community of working artists. There is a wonderful feeling about Nelson that combines a stress-free approach to life. Unlike many towns and cities in New Zealand, Nelson has retained many Victorian buildings in its historic centre and a whole street has been designated as having heritage value: South Street. Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other and the region is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park and Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park. With eco-tourism and adventure tourism in the ascendency, the area is highly rated among caving enthusiasts.  There are several prominent cave systems around Takaka Hill and Mounts Owen and Arthur, which hold the largest and deepest explored caverns in the southern hemisphere. Many people believe Nelson has the best climate in New Zealand, as it regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine hours, with an annual average total of over 2400 hours.


 
 
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