Story: Nelson region

Roadside Stories: Nelson – the WOW factor

The lack of flat land around Nelson led settlers to practise horticulture rather than farming. Tobacco, hops, tomatoes and grapes have all been grown in the area, and wine was produced by German immigrants. Also known for its arts and crafts, Nelson was the birthplace of the World of WearableArt (WOW) show in 1987.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Nelson. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Arts, culture and science', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015