We arrived Rainy Nelson last night.
Day 4 – 3/1/2/16 Nelson
Nelson is a beautiful small city located on top of the South Island. The nickname “Sunny Nelson” is earned because Nelson is supposed to be the sunniest places in New Zealand with around 2,500h of sunshine per year. Unfortunately that was not so for the first and second day of our trip.
Nelson is surrounded by three beautiful national parks: the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park. The rain may have been the reason why we did not visit any of these parks, famous for their own beauty and hiking tracks. The weather was so miserable and misty that we missed out Marlborough Sounds too.
Being a rainy day, our first itinerary was a visit to The World of Wearable Art™ and Classic Cars Museum which is an iconic ‘must see’ Nelson NZ visitor attraction that celebrates two distinctly different passions. A world class collection of classic cars can be viewed alongside incredible wearable works of art from all around the globe. We are big fans of WOW and enjoyed the annual award shows in Wellington every year. The entry cost to the museum is NZ$20. Besides viewing the exhibits, there is a theatre playing the whole video of last year’s Word of Wearable Art (WOW) show. It’s worth every dollar for any first time visitor.
The museum exhibits many award-winning creations. The majority from last season, while others are unforgettable artworks from earlier shows. The entire exhibition is changed in April and November each year. The spectacular and highly-theatrical WOW® performances, held in Wellington every spring, started right here in Nelson in 1987 with a single evening show in a country cottage.
After WOW, we went for brunch and roamed the town with its tree-lined main street. It is interesting to see Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral sits proudly overlooking the town centre. We took a short walk in the rain along the waterfront at Tahunanui Beach and back to our motel to feast on our simple yet delicious homecook meal.
The weather was supposed to get better the next day where we visited the centre of NZ. But we were optimistic and still had a nice day despite the weather. Join us in our journey to be continued ……………..