Nelson is a port city on South Island NZ (Tasman Bay's eastern shores), with population around 50,000.
The town is the oldest on South Island and New Zealand's 2nd-oldest (after Russel) established in 1841 and granted city status in 1858. Port Nelson is a maritime gateway for the NZ regions Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman, as well as a main industrial hub. In 1994 was suggested to build a deepwater port with 1-km-long dock (wharf) extending from Boulder Bank into Tasman Bay. The project aimed to allow the world's largest cargo and passenger ships to berth and maneuver safely and with ease. The so-called "Port Kakariki" project (USD 97 million) planned to make Nelson NZ a hub for West Coast NZ coal shipping to Asia, as well as main cargo terminal for handling logs barged from Mapua across Tasman Bay.
Unlike many NZ cities, Nelson has many preserved Victorian-style buildings. The South Street area is designated a heritage site. The city has beautiful public parks and reserves (Grampians NP is one of the largest), numerous bars and restaurants, and is also popular as a shopping destination (including for hand-made arts and crafts). Annually are held the Nelson Arts Festival and the Wearable Art Awards.
As a cruise shore excursion option from Nelson NZ are offered guided bus tours to Abel Tasman National Park.
Port Nelson NZ cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Nelson NZ, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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