Nelson Tasman is blessed with a consistently sunny climate, but if you’re unlucky enough to catch a rare bout of bad weather in the sunshine capital of New Zealand, never fear, because we’ve put together an itinerary to keep you entertained on the inside of four walls!
First stop is in Stoke, a quiet little town whose popularity as a visitor destination is still largely undiscovered, making it the perfect place to escape from the elements, and truly appreciate everything it has to offer. As you move from room to room at the Nelson Classic Car Museum, you'll be amazed by one of Australasia's largest collections of veteran, vintage and classic cars, before taking a bite to eat in the Little Engine Room Eatery.
Just a short drive down the road will take you to Pic’s World of Peanut Butter where kids of all ages (including the big adult ones) can tour the new factory and watch as the peanut butter makers crush, roast, pump and seal the delicious spread we all know and love. Little pic’sters can try their hand at creating their own, whilst the adult pic’sters browse the international collection of peanut butter mementos and products in the on-site shop.
If you’re still hungry for more, a rustic yet contemporary dining experience awaits at McCashins Brewery Kitchen & Bar. From southern style ribs to Mexican nachos, their menu is sure to warm you to the core, and make you forget about the rainy weather outdoors. The afternoon calls for a visit to the largest shopping centre in the Top of the South. Here at the Richmond Mall you’ll find everything you need to while away the day, whether that’s some retail therapy browsing the clothes and gift shops, or indulging in some pampering at the selection of hair, beauty and nail salons.
Spend the evening relaxing in a spa bath or swimming in one of the heated pools at the Richmond Aquatic Centre, or take to your own private spa in your central city accommodation, before being soothed to sleep by the rain pattering on the rooftop.
If the weather’s still not looking too flash the following morning, the central city also has plenty of indoor options to keep you entertained. A tiki-tour of the art galleries and the Nelson Provincial Museum could be in order, but the Suter Art Gallery is one not to be missed, with a range of fascinating collections spanning over 200 years. Or, if you have little ones with you, Roadhogs Indoor Mini Golf is always a fun choice, with glow in the dark lanes and interesting obstacles. End the evening with a movie at State Cinemas or head along to Theatre Royal to watch one of the scheduled plays.
See below for the list of operators featuring in this itinerary.