Nelson – Tasman Region

Ringed on three sides by mountains and National Parks, with the sheltered Tasman Bay at its entrance, Nelson harbours a diverse range of people, lifestyles and businesses.

The city of Nelson stands on the eastern side of Tasman Bay at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand and is the administrative centre for Nelson Province.

Nelson received its name in honour of the 1st Viscount Nelson and Admiral of the fleet that defeated both the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Many of the roads and public areas around the city are named after people and ships associated with that battle. Trafalgar Street is the main city street.

Nelson Province is one of the regions of New Zealand and is administered as a unitary authority. It is positioned between Marlborough to the east and Tasman District to the west.

Many people believe Nelson has the best climate in New Zealand, in that it regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine hours, with an annual average total of over 2400 hours.

Nelson Province has good beaches and a sheltered harbour. The harbour entrance is protected by a natural breakwater known as The Boulder Bank, which also reduces the effects of the tide on Nelson city’s beach, Tahunanui. This allows for some of the safest sea bathing in the country.

Nelson is surronded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other.

It functions as the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, the Kahurangi National Park, and Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism, and has a high reputation among caving enthusiasts due to several prominent cave systems around Takaka Hill and Mount Owen.

Its also known as the geographical centre of New Zealand.

For a detailed view of Nelson’s climate, economic overview, population, employment, education, housing, and councils, please visit the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency (EDA) website.