Aerial view from the Center of New Zealand, Nelson (Photo: Robert CHG/Shutterstock)
Aerial view from the Center of New Zealand, Nelson (Photo: Robert CHG/Shutterstock)

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Nelson

Situated on New Zealand's South Island near the Tasman Bay, Nelson offers an array of sights and activities for cruisers to explore. Nelson benefits from its truly breathtaking beauty, which is on full display at Abel Tasman National Park where visitors can spend time relaxing on the beach, see an ancient Maori pa site, go on kayaking and sailing excursions or even experience a helicopter tour.

In town, visitors can get a taste for the rich local arts culture by visiting any number of galleries and museums or check out the local market or one of the many quality seafood restaurants. Wine lovers should consider taking an excursion to one of the local vineyards, many of which are small, family-owned businesses making craft wines.

Shore Excursions

About Nelson


Pro

There’s a huge variety of excursion options suiting almost every taste in Nelson.

Con

If your time is limited in Nelson, you may miss some of its highlights.

Bottom Line

Nelson is a beautiful destination offering many ways for active travelers to enjoy its natural attractions.


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