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Nelson is located at the tip of the North Island region of New Zealand. Its location has earned it the title Top of the South, among many other things. With about 50,000 people, this city is the tenth most populous city in New Zealand.

It is considered by many as the geographical centre of New Zealand. Specifically, this centre is in Spooners Range, a dense forest southwest of the city. The city is also believed to have the best climate in New Zealand, with the most number of sunshine hours annually.

The city’s main claim to fame is its rich historic and cultural heritage. As a matter of fact, the Maori settled in the area as early as 1100 AD. This is one of the earliest recorded settlements in the country.

Culture is very much celebrated in the city through its many festivals. One is the Nelson Arts Festival, where there is a showcase of the local arts and crafts of the region. Another is the Wearable Arts Awards, where art pieces that are wearable are awarded and given a slot in the World of Wearable Art museum. Two festivals celebrating the people’s love for music is the Nelson School of Music Winter Music Festival and the Adam New Zealand Festival of Chamber Music. There are also festivals seemingly odd but certainly interesting: the Festival of Possibilities, the Nelson Kite Festival, and the Taste Nelson Festival.

Aside from festivals, tourist attractions are not amiss the city. Nature theme parks such as the Natureland Zoological Park and the Miyazu Japanese Garden are perfect for kids. These are perfect places for strolling and observing different kinds of animal and plant species.


Yet another reason why tourists keep on visiting are the city’s many historic buildings. These buildings date back as early as the 1800′s. Examples are the Christ Church Cathedral, the Chez Eelco, the Founders Park, and the Melrose House. All these can be found in the city of Nelson.

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