The Northern Center of the South Island

The Nelson and Westland districts comprise the north and entire west of New Zealand’s South Island. The region is geographically isolated from the rest of New Zealand. Nelson, Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika are the major towns with a good range of accommodation and services.

The region provides access to six national parks and wilderness areas. As such much of the recreation is centered around outdoor activities including trekking, climbing, caving, swimming, kayaking, hiking fishing and hunting. While there are cinema’s and TV, evening entertainment often centers around the local bars, or you create your own.

Nelson is a great destination for tourists. At the top of the

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Golden Bay

Subtropical haven

Golden Bay is a spectacular area with many diverse natural phenomenon. You’ll find lush valleys, golden sandy beaches, deep caves, springs, rocky coastlines and much more during your stay.

As well as the abundance of natural wonders, Golden Bay has an offbeat culture and is home to one of the most vibrant arts communities in the country. Many artists run independent galleries or workshops which are open to the public, with painters, silversmiths, sculptors using various materials, quilters and furniture makers, to name just a few. The information centre has an excellent leaflet giving the locations of these galleries, along with a description of each.

Two beautiful National Parks flank Golden Bay. The Abel Tasman National Park is

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