Most New Zealanders associate Nelson, and the wider region, with summer. When the sun comes out and shines on our golden beaches, and lakes, and forests, and rivers, the images of those summer days are captured on thousands of cameras. These shots become iconic scenes that are well known all over the country and the rest of the world. But as leaders in car rentals in Nelson, and proud locals who live here year-round, we want to let you into a little secret; Autumn in Nelson is just as spectacular as summer and that’s why you should consider coming to see us at this time of year.
Most holidaymakers have left by now and are back at work and school. Bustling Nelson becomes a more laidback destination as a result. This makes it a wonderful place to relax and explore on a series of day trips, given that there is so much to see within easy driving distance of the city. We’d happily share some of our favourite places with you – just ask!
Temperature-wise, things are still very pleasant here from March extending through to May. The sea is still warm and perfectly swimmable at this time of year, while the days are calm with spectacular golden sunrises and sunsets being a hallmark of the region.
Autumn draws a lot of photographers and artists to Nelson as they love working in the special light that makes the region look truly magical. Wildlife loves Nelson in Autumn too, particularly fur seals. Sightings of them become more common here at this time of year, and visitors take advantage of the more settled weather to take a boat cruise or even a scenic flight to see them; of course, in a region as naturally beautiful as this, seals are not the only thing to see during a cruise or a flight.
As the leaves change colour on all the trees around here – not to mention on the grapevines at our local wineries – Nelson transforms into a different place. Not as many people, and not as hot, but still perfectly warm on the land and in the sea. There’s a sense of calm around here and you can’t help but relax. Sound like you? We thought so! Make an Autumn escape to Nelson and enjoy our best-kept secret. And when it’s time to book a comfortable and reliable vehicle for your holiday, give us a call.