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Nelson Guide

Located in the North of New Zealand’s South Island, Nelson is set in an archetypal New Zealand setting of rural sheep-strewn fields, hops vines and vine yards stretching towards rugged alpine mountains. Nelson is ordered and surprisingly interesting, providing a good launching point to Abel Tasman park and the incredible Marlborough sound.

The Nelson area is an extraordinary corner of New Zealand, a beautiful region between sweeping beaches and the northern edge of the Southern Alps. And the communities hugging the greater Nelson area have bloomed on rich land in a Mediterranean climate with their own distinct flavors.

Nearby are three national parks, all within a 90 minute drive of each other- Abel Tasman (coastal), Nelson Lakes (alpine) and Kahurangi (wilderness) - each offer totally different experiences and great trekking trails.

Abel Tasman national park was became New Zealand’s first national park in 1947, exactly 300 years after Tasman became the first Europen to land on these islands. With its convoluted, forsted, coastline and pretty bays and inlets, the park is one of the sunniest areas in New Zealand and attracts the locals to the pretty seaside town of Kaiteriteri. Walking and kayaking are popular here. Further north is the beautiful Golden Bay, where more permannent communities of ‘new agers’ have made their home.

The Marlborough sound, to the Northeast of Nelson is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal areas, impossibly contorted and best explored by boat. Many get to appreciate the scenery for the ferries that ply the Cook strait between Wellington and Picton.

Christchurch is the main international gateway to the South Island, with flights to Australia, and a limited number of other countries. Buses run regularly to Nelson (5 hours), alternatively, Picton is only a 90 minute drive away, from where you can catch regualar ferries to Wellington on the North Island.

The major suburbs in Nelson are: Beachville, Britannia Heights, Brooklands, Moana, Port Nelson, Stepneyville, The Brook, The Wood, Toi Toi and Washington Valley.

Practical information

  • Currency
    New Zealand dollar
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Māori
  • Popular car category
    economy
  • Popular rental companies
    Thrifty

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).