None can match the brevity of Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Journeys have been known to build memories, while destinations find a place in scrapbooks and photo albums.
Car Rental at Nelson is one convenient way of getting around the city at your own pace. To get a taste of what awaits you at the Abel Tasman National Park, drive through Nelson in perfect ease and comfort. Apart from the National Park, there are a host of other tourist attractions that can be checked out like Natureland – a small children’s zoo - , the Christ Church Cathedral Nelson – an iconic Nelson landmark - , and the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. While the former offers a peek into the classic cars’ era, the latter showcases wearable works of art made of all kinds of materials.
Although the Abel Tasman National Parkis New Zealand's smallest national park, it is ideal for relaxation as well as adventure. Exploring this coastal idyll by cruise boat, hiking, swimming, sun bathing, and sedate snorkeling are some of the things visitors love indulging in, at the park. A brilliant tapestry of pristine sandy beaches, and gurgling streams tumbling down moss-topped valleys, this place is incredibly picturesque. Native wildlife here includes blue penguins, fur seals, bellbirds, and gannets. For those with little time to explore the Abel Tasman National Park, water taxi companies offer a tailored package consisting of track walking and sightseeing by boat. Pick-up or drop-off points at different spots along the tracks can be arranged.
One stop shop is a term that seems to have been coined only for the Nelson Saturday Market. Stalls are packed with a plethora of products - fresh organic fruits and vegetables, flowers, and all kinds of indigenous crafts including pottery, weaving, silk painting, and wood turning. The market is also rimmed with nice food and coffee stalls.
Nelson really does have a phenomenal nightlife. You would want to hit The Free House. A church converted into a bar, the place is every bit as intriguing as the name. The Free House offers brews from local microbreweries, as well as wine, soft drinks and light eats. Another traditional pub worth checking out is Sprig & Fern.