In the North West area of South Island lays Nelson , the epitome of New Zealand with its diverse landscape of Alps and sweeping plains and majestic beaches. Nelson has over 50 000 people and an economy based on the tourism, horticulture, forestry and seafood industry, with Port Nelson being the biggest fishing port in all of Australasia.
Occupied by the Maoris nearly 1000 years ago and settled by the Europeans in the 1800s. Nelson has fertile lands, an abundance of meat and a decent climate making it a favorable place to live and settle. As with most of New Zealand , the diverse setting allows anyone of any lifestyle to enjoy an abundance of recreational activities.
With almost any activity to quench one's thirst of adventure, Nelson is definitely the place to base yourself to experience the thrill of extreme sports. Visit the Buller River to experience world class white water rafting or kayaking. Go bungee jumping over bush land or sky diving from a plane over breath taking bays.
Perhaps rock climbing at the famous Paynes Ford or hang gliding at Abel Tasman Park is more enticing. Visit the Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park to participate in a range of impressive activities including flying fox rides, leisurely strolls on the longest swing bridge in New Zealand and more. Visit the Touch the Sea Aquarium and Gift shop to truly capture the spirit of a sea life environment.
Whatever your interested in, be it from hiking to horse back riding to skiing to jet boating, Nelson is well equipped to satisfy. For relaxation or to simply just enrich the soul, visit the Founders Historic Park that offers insight into New Zealand 's previous way of existence. There is also the Whakatu Marae that offers an art and craft workshop and you can learn a Maori war dance as well as take a bush walk to learn about therapeutic and edible plants.
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