You'll gain a terrific insight into local activities if you go to the Nelson Market , in Montgomery Square (& 03/546-6454). It's held every Saturday from 8am to 1pm and offers fine crafts, fresh food and produce, and a whole heap of the unexpected. Monty's Sunday Market is held every Sunday from 9am to 1pm in the same place and features more bric-a-brac, clothing, and oddments.
from 11am to 6pm; and May through September, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Seifried Estate Vineyard and Restaurant, Main Road, Appleby, Richmond (® 03/544-1555; www.seifreid.co.nz), has a large restaurant and tasting room, open daily from 10am to 5pm. A winery tour and tasting is NZ$8 (US$4.40) per person, by appointment, Monday through Saturday.
Denton Winery, Awa Awa Road, Upper Moutere (& and fax 03/540-3555; www.dentonwinery.co.nz), is another popular choice for a personalized tasting and restaurant experience; it's open from Labour Day weekend to Easter, daily from 11am to 5pm.
Moutere Hills Vineyard , Eggers Road, Upper Moutere (& and fax 03/ 543-2288; www.mouterehills.co.nz), serves beautifully presented light meals in its converted wool-shed winery, along with Riesling, sauvignon blanc, and chardon-nay. It's open from October 24 to Easter, daily from 11am to 6pm.
Waimea Estates, 22 Appleby Highway (& 03/544-6385; www.waimeaestates. co.nz), produce all the main wine types and their cafe and cellar door are open daily all year from 10am to 5pm.
SHOPPING FOR ARTS & CRAFTS
The essence of Nelson province is found in its abundance of top-quality arts and crafts—by far the best concentration anywhere in New Zealand. There are over 300 practicing artists and 40 galleries and studios. Start by purchasing a copy of Nelson Regional Guide Book: Art In Its Own Place (NZ$20/US$11), available at the Nelson visitor center, which also distributes the free Tourist Guide to Nelson Potters, Nelson Inner City Shopping Guide, and Nelson City Art Trail. If you're driving to Motueka, pick up the free brochure Nelson's Coastal Way—Mapua & Coastal Villages, which highlights top craftspeople, vineyards, and cafes. And check out www.nelsonarts.org.nz.
South Street Gallery, 10 Nile St. (® and fax 03/548-8117; www.nelson pottery.co.nz), is well stocked with work by 25 top potters; it's open daily from 9am to 5pm. In the city, award-winning Magnificent New Zealand 216 Hardy St. (& and fax 03/546-6066), open daily from 10am to 6pm (till 5pm in winter), is worth a visit, and Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith , 320 Trafalgar Sq. (& 03/548-0640; www.jenshansen.com), is a name associated with fine-quality New Zealand-made gold and silver jewelry. It's open Monday through Saturday in summer. Dean Hawkins Jeweller , 240 Trafalgar St. (& 03/5480387; [email protected]), is another worth checking out; and Red , 1 Bridge St. (& 03/548-2170; [email protected]), is a terrific place for contemporary fine art, jewelry, and New Zealand crafts.
Farther afield, Silkwood Fibre Arts & Crafts Centre, Westdale Road, Richmond (® 03/540-2985; www.silkwoodltd.co.nz), has exclusive designer hand-knits; silk, woven, and fiber creations; and specialty fiber yarns. The shop is open daily from 9am to 5pm in summer, from 10am to 5pm in winter. Craft Habitat is a consortium of crafts shops on the corner of Champion and Main roads in Richmond (® 03/544-7481; www.crafthabitat.co.nz).
If you like beautiful glass pieces, you won't want to miss Hoglund Art Glass Studio ^jftff, Landsdowne Road, Richmond (® 03/544-6500; www.hoglundart glass.com). Ola and Marie Hoglund worked at Orrefors and Kosta Boda before emigrating from their native Sweden, and their skills have translated into stunning, colorful handblown glassware. You can watch the action in the studio daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Dec 25 and Good Friday). There is also a cafe and they have a second gallery in Nelson's Rutherford Hotel on Trafalgar Square.
Speaking of color, some of the nicest pottery around is produced by Gill Gane, who works at Bishopdale Potteries, 257 Waimea Rd. (& 03/548-8701; www. neudorfceramics.com). And finally, fine woodturning doesn't get much better than that produced by Gael Montgomerie , Nile and Tasman streets (® 03/ 546-6576; www.gaelmontgomerie.co.nz). Recognized as one of the best in the country, Gael embellishes her full-bodied classical vessels with textures and patinas you'll want to take home.
Give the kids their own time out at Nelson Fun Park (® 03/548-6267), located adjacent to Tahunanui Beach, just a 5-minute drive from central city. They can unwind on the hydroslide, play miniature golf, or have fun on bumper boats. Natureland Zoological Park (® 03/548-6166; www.naturelandzoo.co.nz) is also at Tahunanui Beach, open daily from 9am to 4pm. It gives children a chance to get up close to wallabies, meerkats, otters, monkeys, exotic birds and costs NZ$5 (US$2.75) for adults and NZ$2 (US$1.10) for children.
Chipmunks, 311 Hardy St. (® 03/548-7055; www.chipmunks.co.nz), is ideal for younger children (up to 11 years). It has an adventure playground, birthday party packages, and an under-3 play area. Admission is around NZ$6 (US$3.30) per day; it's open daily from 10am to 6pm.
One of Motueka's newest attractions is a real treat: Touch the Sea Aquarium ($($($, 8 Aranui Rd., Mapua (® and fax 03/540-3557; [email protected] co.nz), a charming little aquarium on Mapua Wharf. Kids get to put their hands in special tanks to discover the mysteries of sea urchins, starfish, and various shells and fish. It's worth the admission of NZ$5.50 (US$3) for adults, NZ$3.50 ($1.95) for children, and NZ$13 (US$7.15) per family. There's also a playroom and an excellent gift store.
For a complete overview of outdoor activities in the region, it's best to start at one of the visitor centers, which have a wide range of brochures. There are three national parks within easy driving distance; that alone raises dozens of outdoor possibilities.
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