Three National Parks are surrounded by fertile countryside providing fresh produce: berries, olives, apples and pears. Grapes and hops also thrive and are handcrafted into fine wines and thirst-quenching brews, and the surrounding bays provide the ocean’s bounty. Pick your path through rolling hills and coastal landscapes visiting gourmet food producers, boutique wineries and breweries, and the studios of an extraordinary artistic community that thrives here.

Vibrant coastal towns are full of bustling cafes, charming boutiques and funky art galleries, waiting to be leisurely explored. Port Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia. Fresh fish, scallops, clams and mussels feature on the menus of creative chefs. Nelson winemakers are renowned for aromatic varieties – a perfect match for seafood. Or enjoy a cold ale at the end of day exploring – craft brewers are a plenty with serious pubs and breweries aplenty.