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The city of Nelson stands on the eastern side of Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Many believe Nelson has the best climate in New Zealand, as it regularly tops the national statistics for sunshine hours, with an annual average total of over 2400 hours. Nelson has good beaches and a sheltered harbour. The harbour entrance is protected by a natural breakwater known as Boulder Bank, which also reduces the effects of the tide on Nelson's wide beaches. This allows for some of the safest sea bathing in the country. Nelson lies close to mountains, and to Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park, and functions as the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and to the Kahurangi National Park. It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism, and has a high reputation among caving enthusiasts due to several prominent cave systems around Takaka Hill and Mount Owen.


Brightwater is a town 20 kilometres southwest of Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand. It stands on the banks of the Wairoa River and is primarily a dormitory suburb of Richmond and Nelson.



Bronte Lodge

Bronte Lodge is unique, it borders an estuary paradise on the historic Bronte Peninsula, an area of stunning beauty in Nelson's Tasman Bay in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. homestead sits in spreading gardens of mature trees, a minute's walk from the two luxury suites and two villas, which are just a few paces from the lapping waters of the private foreshore.

Clifftops Retreat

Clifftops Retreat is a luxury cottage perched high on the cliffs of Ruby Bay, overlooking sandy beaches, the glittering Tasman Sea and the sparkling lights of Nelson. It is a spectacular location. The eleven-hundred-square-foot cottage, is an airy, open-plan spread with sea-facing glass walls, a fireplace for chilly nights, a glassed-in shower that extends into a leafy five-acre garden, and a skylight above the bed for star gazing. A spa pool set right on the cliff edge offers you breathtaking views. 

Shelbourne Villa

Shelbourne Villa, Nelson New Zealand, offers five star boutique accommodation for the discerning traveller. Set in a quiet suburban location, yet within five minutes walk of Nelson’s City Centre and its many Cafes, Restaurants and Galleries. Originally built in 1929 this classic villa has been refurbished and is set in an extensive English style garden. Shelbourne Villa, bed and breakfast, is an ideal central base for holiday makers, groups of friends and business people when they are visiting Nelson which is renowned for its scenery and its three National Parks.

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