BROODS top travel tips for Nelson
Here are their top travel tips for you to enjoy on your Nelson adventure!
Nelson 101 with BROODS
Sink a locally-roasted coffee
Nelson has a really cool coffee culture going on. There are talented local roasters and the region's creativity really shows through in the vibe of the cafes. When we're back home, we hit 7010 for our coffee fix. The food's tasty, the staff are cool and there's free Wi-Fi.
Head over the hills to Golden Bay
The drive over Takaka Hills to Golden Bay gets better every time we do it, and then we're in Golden Bay. The beaches and bays here are wild, plus you can check out Te Waikoropupū Springs (we just call them Pupū Springs) to see the clearest most beautiful spring water.
Sip a crafty beverage
The Nelson Tasman area has some legendary brews and wine to enjoy. Hops grown here get sent around the world, but its best to enjoy it when you're here. If you're in town, Head to Rhythm and Brown on New Street to sip some locally brewed beer. There's Nelson wine too, as well as a great selection of vinyl.
Shop the style
Nelson has some great small boutiques and stores that sell the creations of local Kiwi designers. When we were growing up, Caleb used to work at Sidecar and Trouble + Fox, which are side by side in Bank Street. There's a monster mix of labels at these stores for you to check out.
Take a walk in the park
We'd argue strongly that the Abel Tasman National Park has the best views in New Zealand. It's only an hour from town by car, so you can get over there for a hike pretty easily. Check out the beautiful sandy beaches, ultra-clear water and native bush.
Eat oysters and chips by the sea
Fresh seafood is a Nelson thing! Georgia worked at Haven, our local fish and chip shop. It's right by the Nelson harbour, so you can soak up the waterfront view while you eat hot chips and oysters.
Hit the beach
For us, Split Apple Rock is the peachiest beach in Nelson. It's where we spend the best days of a Nelson summer and it's just perfect for a classic Kiwi picnic. There's a whole heap of other good beaches too, like Kaiteriteri and Rabbit Island.
To market, to market
On a Saturday you can fill up your basket with local produce and yum goodies from the Nelson Market in Montgomery Square. This is also the place to check out all kinds of arty and crafty things made by locals. Good for unique souvenirs.
Float your boat
At Port Nelson you can hire a boat and get out in the bay - no boat license required! We love taking our family boat to Towers Bay, where you can find Split Apple. You might see fur seals, dolphins or even an orca.
Get an earful of local talent
There are so many good musicians to come out of and come through Nelson. It's pretty much overflowing with local talent. See what's happening at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts - it's a community hub for all things musical.