Nelson, New Zealand


The sunny town of Nelson has become a magnet for artists from painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, jewellers, performance artists and writers. The area is home to over 300 creatives including the jeweller Jens Hansen, creator of the ‘One Ring’ from the Lord Of The Rings. Forage though traditional, contemporary and Maori creations at the many galleries and markets for a unique piece to take home.

Dramatic landscapes of mountains, lakes and forest make chopper flights a great way to explore the South Island and Nelson in no different. With a number of national parks, experience a bird’s eye view of Rotomairewhenua, the clearest lake in the world. Take it next level with a 13,000ft skydive over Abel Tasman National park. For those that prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground the Abel Tasman Coast Track hugs the coastline so you can uncover deserted beaches, limestone cliffs and tranquil forestry.