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Regularly the sunniest place in New Zealand and voted the 3rd most charming small town in the world by TripAdvisor. Once folks find Nelson they tend not to want to leave – unless they’re off on a great South Island road trip of course! Even Gandalf called it a perfect paradise, and it’s no more than a 80 minute flight from New Zealands international airports. To be honest Nelson tours of the city itself won’t take you very long but we think small is definitely beautiful. Make sure you have at least a couple of cruises along Rocks Road on the seafront to the long sandy family friendly Tauhuanui beach, (some of us get to commute along there),  and relax in some of our myriad open air cafes. There are many lovely places to dine and stay – visit our personal recommendations on the links alongside.

There’s a seriously vibrant arts and culture scene, an eclectic Saturday morning market, and the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum, a must see for classic car buffs and fashionistas alike, abounding with all sorts of desirable vehicles but of course you get to leave in one with RentAClassic! Plus the classy vineyard restaurants, genuinely friendly locals and the best of everything New Zealand within easy driving reach. On the northern side there’s the delightful Cable Bay with it’s stony but crystal blue beach and fabulous coastal hill walks. Alternatively stay close to the centre and do the short(ish) climb to the historic Centre of New Zealand overlooking the birthplace of New Zealand rugby. RentAClassic base is conveniently located within just 10 minutes of the centre or the airport so it’s really easy to collect and drop off your classic car.

Read our TravelBlogue on why Nelson makes the perfect base for touring, or visit for more information.

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