Reasons to Visit
This small nation has established a name for fabulous wineries, many internationally acclaimed. Whilst most will point connoisseurs to the Marlborough region for the finest vintages, Hawkes Bay and Martinborough should not be ignored. A trip here would not be complete without trying the local 'fush 'n' chups' or traditional Maori fare either.
For a small country, New Zealand incorporates landscapes as diverse as they come. Mountains, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, fiords, valleys and caves - to the everyday traveller these remarkable sights are other-worldly. Both the North and South islands share many common features, but are also wonderfully contrasting.
It's not necessary to throw yourself off a suspended platform in order to fully experience New Zealand. Alternative options include air safaris over White Island, heli-hiking the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and wilderness cruises in Milford and Doubful Sounds.
New Zealanders are proud of their Maori roots. Maori song, dance and mythology are prevalent, towns are adorned with carvings and rooms are dressed in flax weavings. Most physical locations also have Maori names with literal translations such as Waimakariri River (Cold water river).
The 'outdoors' perception of New Zealanders is not something consciously cultivated; with such a plentitude of mountains, beaches, fiords lakes and forests on their doorstep it is simply a way of life.
New Zealand has wonderful roads - scenic, safe and, especially on the South Island, largely empty. They even drive on the left and some of the most scenic routes are waymarked. There are car hire stations at all of New Zealand's airports.
There are so many excellent hikes - or 'tramps' as the locals call them - in New Zealand that it is sometimes difficult to know which one to select. We feature several of the country's 'great walks' which can easily be incorportated into any itinerary.
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Shelbourne Villa Bed & Breakfast offers high quality accommodation and is only a short walk away from the restaurants and galleries of Nelson City.
Shelbourne Villa Bed & Breakfast is in a quiet street, but one that is only a short, five minute walk to the main shopping area of Nelson City, with its restaurants and galleries.
The Newby Suite is the original master bedroom, and although it is now the smallest room in the house, it is still a comfortable size with a king bed and en suite facilities. The Master Suite is large and comfortable, and the Garden Suite is detached from the main house with its own private entrance. The Loft is the largest suite in the house, and occupies the entire upper level of Shelbourne Villa, offering complete privacy and stunning views of the city and Tasman Bay. Full continental and cooked breakfast is included in your stay, and guests can also enjoy the colourful mature gardens, which have several outdoor seating areas and sun loungers.
Renowned as a vibrant arts and crafts centre, Nelson is a bright and active place with a near perfect climate. Relaxed and laid-back, it’s easy to forget that it is South Island’s second largest city.
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