Nelson is New Zealand’s geographic centre and is also the target for many weekend trips by gourmands. Nelson has often been described as a lifestyle as opposed to a mere city. It is the city most kiwis want to retire to – with the sunshine, great options in food, parks and access to parks, rivers and beaches, who wouldn’t?
Food options are diverse – from dishes made from locally available organic fruits and vegetables and regional seafood; along with most of the popular world cuisines. Nelson’s range of boutique wineries (over 30 on last count) and breweries only enhance its reputation. To top of it all, temperate weather and easy access to Nelson make it an ideal romp for tourists and natives alike.
A short weekend in Nelson demands a rental car if you want to pack of lot of things in. Explore interesting food joints ranging from the small boutique restaurant with hand-written menus and the almost-Michelin restaurant basking in the soft glow of international recognition.
The city of Nelson is home to all various world cuisine options as well. For Japanese, there is the Miyazu in Trafalgar Square, The Falafel Gourmet for the Mediterranean touch, The Tong Tara for the exotic flavours of Thailand and The Indian Cafe for curry lovers. For a cosmopolitan feel, there are several multi-cultural cafes and restaurants that bring the best of food from all over the world.
Food aficionados will head to the Tasman and Golden Bay area which has vineyards, restaurants, cafes and wineries set along the coast. Delights of this region include locally roasted coffee, freshly caught fishes and langoustines and fruits secured from the local gardens. It is not until you venture into these parts that you will truly appreciate the uniqueness of Nelson. Restaurants here serve dishes that are made from scratch using 100 percent organic food right in front your eyes.
People visiting Nelson recommend hiring a car and travelling across these regions with an open mind as the best way to be left sweetly surprised! The perfect weather and topography of the region demands no prior preparation. All that one has to carry while visiting Nelson is the appetite!