Nelson is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region. Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island. Nelson City has a population of around 46,437 ranking it as New Zealand’s 12th most populous city and the geographical centre of New Zealand.
Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene. Each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival.
The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, the “World of Wearable Art” now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.
Nelson is also famous for its mild Mediterranean climate and many people believe Nelson has the best climate in New Zealand, in that it regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine hours, with an annual average total of over 2400 hours.