Facts And Figures About Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson is one of the most amazing places to visit in New Zealand, an abundance of stunning golden sandy beaches and three beautiful Nation parks make it easy to see why. Read on to discover some more great things about Nelson and the surrounding area.
8 Interesting Facts About Nelson City
- Nelson is famous throughout New Zealand for its local arts and crafts scene, with many independent artisans making the region their home.
- In terms of population, when nearby Richmond is included, Nelson has around 90,000 residents.
- The region has one of the lowest crime rates in New Zealand.
- The city has managed to retain many early Victorian buildings, making it a popular destination for those interested in architecture.
- The unique museum, the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum is located in Nelson.
- The largest building in Nelson is the Rutherford Hotel, is named after scientist Ernest Rutherford.
- The Nelson region is home to three National Parks, the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park and New Zealand’s second-largest national park – the Kahurangi National Park.
- NZ’s longest running annual Kite Festival is held in Nelson.
7 Fun Facts About Nelson
- Nelson is the geographical centre of New Zealand.
- New Zealand’s commercial hops are grown in Nelson, consequently the area is known the country’s craft brewing capital.
- Te Waikoropupu Springs located in the Nelson Tasman region are said to produce the clearest fresh water in the world.
- The caves located around the Te Waikoropupu Springs is part of the southern hemisphere’s deepest known cave system.
- One of New Zealand’s nine ‘great walks’ is located in the Nelson Tasman region – The Heaphy Track.
- Nelson is particularly well known for its remote, unspoilt golden sands beaches.
- Tasman Bay and Golden Bay are the two main bays in Nelson.
6 Statistical Facts About Nelson
- Average maximum temperatures range from 21-24°C in the summer with winter averages ranging from around 13-14°C.
- People from the UK and Ireland make up the majority of migrant numbers in the Nelson area.
- Nelson is the second largest apple growing area in New Zealand.
- Nelson has New Zealand’s highest tidal range.
- Nelson is the only major city in New Zealand without a rail connection.
- People aged over 40 make up the majority of Nelson’s population.
5 Historic Facts About Nelson
- Nelson is the second-oldest city in New Zealand, having been first established in 1841 by Arthur Wakefield.
- The city is named after Horatio Nelson, famous for his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Many streets and public places in the city are named after the battle, such as Trafalgar Street.
- One of Nelson’s most famous sons is the “father of nuclear physics”, Ernest Rutherford.
- In May of 1870 Nelson played host to New Zealand’s very first recognised Rugby game.
- Nelson was thought to have been settled about 700 years ago by early Māori.
4 Nelson Airport Facts And Figures
- The Airport is located about 8 km from Nelson City centre.
- Free WiFi services are available in the Airport terminal for a period of one hour.
- Over 1 million passengers pass through Nelson Airport per year.
- Nelson Airport is New Zealand’s 5th busiest airport, coming in behind, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
3 Sunny Facts About Nelson
- Nelson is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, with an average of over 2400 hours on sunshine each year.
- Nelson is commonly referred to as “Sunny Nelson” and “Top of the South”.
- Due to its high sunshine hours and warm weather Nelson is very popular with winemakers, there are many boutique wineries located in the area.
2 Port Of Nelson Facts
- Port Nelson is actually one of the largest fishing ports in Australasia.
- The total amount of cargo processed through the Port of Nelson is around 2.7 million tonnes per year.
1 Really Famous Fact About Nelson
- The famous “One Ring” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies was made by Jens Hansen Goldsmiths located in Nelson.