|MAIN CITIES:||Nelson and Blenheim|
|REGIONAL AIRPORTS:||Nelson Airport
|CLOSEST MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:||Christchurch International Airport (South Island)
Wellington International Airport (North Island)
|PROXIMITY TO THE SEA:||Coastal in parts|
|CLOSEST COMMERCIAL SKI FIELDS:||The Canterbury ski fields of: Mount Lyford, Mount Potts, Mount Hutt, Mount Dobson, Porters, and Roundhill|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JANUARY:||21℃ (Range: 16℃-24℃)|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JUNE:||8℃ (Range: 5℃ - 12 ℃)|
The best way to describe Nelson Tasman is 'lifestyle'. It often tops New Zealand’s sunshine hours and boasts golden beaches and productive tourism, wine, horticulture and fishing industries.
The region takes up the north western corner of the South Island. The main centre, Nelson city (population 46,000) is a 5-hour drive from Christchurch. By air, Nelson is just 30 minutes from Wellington, 40 minutes from Christchurch, and about 1½ hours from Auckland.
There are many unique aspects to this region. Nowhere else in the world, for example, will you find three very distinctive national parks in a relatively small area, offering glistening waters, golden sands, spectacular native forests, lakes and mountain ranges, easily accessible year-round.
Nelson’s coast is notable for two huge, shallow bays - Tasman Bay and Golden Bay. The interior is hilly and mountainous with attractive lakes and areas of limestone and marble which feature deep caves and sinkholes.
With an ideal growing climate, Nelson produces all of New Zealand’s commercial hops and has consequently become the country’s craft brewing capital with 11 craft breweries, while the region’s 25 boutique wineries excel at producing aromatic wines and chardonnay. Other horticultural stand-outs include apples and berries, while the ocean’s produce has made Port Nelson the largest fishing port in Australasia.
Nelson Tasman is welcoming to outsiders. From the eight iwi of Te Tau Ihu, to past and recent internationals, people have always found a home here. With one in five people born overseas, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.
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