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Nelson is a part of the Nelson Tasman region and is known for its breathtaking landscapes filled with the natural beauty that is New Zealand. Nelson draws nature lovers, adventure seekers, and general tourists from all over the globe, offering so many different things to see and experience while in the area. Lounge on a golden beach or hike through the rugged mountains, wander through museums or enjoy the theater. Sign up for a food tour or pub crawl, or hit the shopping malls. No matter your expectations of Nelson, you will not be disappointed.
Located on the south island of New Zealand, overlooking the Tasman Bay, Nelson is best known for its local artisans, trendy shops, and swanky art galleries. However, with Abel Tasman National Park just outside the city, outdoorsy visitors will truly enjoy the natural landscapes found throughout the park. Spend time caving or hiking. Take a day to visit the Founders Heritage Park, a living museum where you can experience what the city was like when it was first founded as a small village in 1841. No matter what has drawn you to Nelson, you will not want to be weighed down with your luggage or bulky bags. Take a minute to use the Bounce app and find a location nearby to leave your things while you explore Nelson.
Bounce has many partners throughout Nelson, where you can drop your belongings for safekeeping while exploring the city. Leave your things for a few hours or the entire day so you can freely move through the crowded streets and not have to do bag checks when visiting attractions. Bounce is not just for tourists, locals have found Bounce to be useful while out and about so they do not have to carry everything with them.
Top Things to Do
Nelson is a unique port city in one of the most breathtaking countries in the world. You can easily spend your time wandering through the streets, enjoying the different artisan shops and attractions. Or head out into the parks and soak up the beauty that is New Zealand. Spend a day at the living museum, Founders Heritage Park, wandering through a replica of the original village. Enjoy the unique, fresh flavors of local fare and spend time learning about the local culture. Bounce has come up with a list of things to do in Nelson to get you started.
New Zealand has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. While visiting Nelson, you do not necessarily want to be stuck indoors touring dusty relics. Spend a few hours a day learning about the history and culture of Nelson, then hit the streets and view the beautiful architecture of the city. Take a day and explore the parks in the area, especially the national park just outside the city.
Nelson Provincial Museum: This regional museum will take you on a journey through the history of Nelson and Tasman, including the history of influential families within the region. Spend hours wandering through over 1.4 million different artifacts that recreate the history of the Nelson and Tasman region. Learn about the flora and fauna that shaped the area and view interactive exhibits that make learning more interesting.
Abel Tasman National Park: Surround yourself with the beauty that is New Zealand and spend the day hiking through the Abel Tasman National Park. This wildlife reserve is located just outside Nelson. It is home to the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a trail that connects Marahau and Wainui. Head over to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve inside the park and watch the bottlenose dolphins, seals, and little blue penguins playing in the water.
Founders Heritage Park: Make memories at this unique museum where you can learn more about the history and culture that makes up Nelson. Hop on the heritage railway that is run by the Nelson Railway Society and wander through this living museum. See how the original village of Nelson probably looked when it was first founded. Visit the shops where artisans create beautiful arts and crafts. Drop by the bakery for a tasty treat and watch as other visitors enjoy the experience of Founders Heritage Park.
While you may not want to be stuck indoors for long when visiting New Zealand, Nelson has some fantastic shopping malls, boutiques, and artisan shops. Spend some time browsing for the perfect souvenir or gifts for loved ones back home while you are exploring Nelson.
Morrison Square: Walk around the square, wandering in and out of shops searching for great bargains and interesting finds. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a child, check out Smiggle, a shop filled with nostalgic toys and games as well as many of the latest and greatest gadgets. When you need a break, head over to the café located in the middle of the square for a delicious snack or full meal.
Richmond Mall: Before hitting the shops, stop by for a cup of gourmet coffee. Then search out the sales and bargains or just browse until something catches your eye. This large mall has pretty much everything you could imagine, including a supermarket for your weekly grocery needs or quick snacks to take with you while you explore.
Eclectic Antique Centre: Filled with priceless antique furniture and smaller knickknacks, the Eclectic Antique Centre is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Wander through the store enjoying items from not just New Zealand, but also the United States and the United Kingdom.
New Zealand cuisine centers on fresh ingredients bursting with flavor. You do not want to miss out on trying local dishes. International fare can also be found throughout Nelson, including Asian, Mexican, American, and Italian, just to name a few.
Seafood: You cannot visit Nelson without sampling the fresh seafood that is available at many restaurants. Drop by the Boat Shed Café for lunch or dinner and enjoy a relaxing meal while looking out over the harbor. Check out their kingfish or the fish n chips special. You cannot go wrong with any of their fresh seafood dishes.
Local Fare: Check out some of the fantastic dishes that New Zealand is known for, such as kiwi meat pie, pavlova, and whitebait fritters. Hopgoods is a fantastic bistro where you can get an espresso martini and enjoy the crayfish special or beef fillet and duck leg.
Japanese: Sometimes, you just have to have something different. Nelson has several international options, including Japanese cuisine. The Wafu Bistro has a charming ambiance, friendly wait staff, and a delicious menu filled with authentic Japanese dishes. Give the dragon rolls or fresh, smoked scallops. Marinated and smoked eel is also a great choice.
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The price for luggage storage in Nelson is just NZ$8/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations all around Nelson which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Christ Church Cathedral, Centre of New Zealand, Cable Bay Adventure Park and many other areas.
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $10,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Nelson.
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Nelson. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Nelson where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 Bounce Gurantee.
The most popular restaurants to visit are Hopgoods, The Waka, and Lone Star. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Nelson are Skylight Villa, Te Puna Wai Lodge, and Post Boy Hotel.
Nelson offers several scenic parks including Queen's Gardens, Jubilee Park, and Bisley Park.
You can find local tourist information at Tourist Information, Richmond Information Centre, and Nelson i-SITE.