Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand; Nelson. Nelson is renowned for its long sandy beaches, fresh and high quality seafood, winding lakes, rugged mountains and beautiful native forests as well as for being New Zealand’s sunniest region. Nelson is a popular destination among holiday makers from all around the world and is therefore definitely a must-visit when in New Zealand. It is surrounded on three sides by mountains and with Tasman Bay on the other, and focuses mainly on adventure tourism as well as ecotourism. This blessed region therefore offers tourists a plethora of outdoor activities such as; safaris, sea kayaking, trekking, rafting, boating, fishing and even skiing and ice skating during the winter season. There is a sizeable population of Muslims in the region and therefore Muslim tourists will be able to locate Halal restaurants in Nelson.
A must-visit when in Nelson is the Abel Tasman National Park, which is New Zealand's finest coastal National Park and is visited for its beautiful beaches and granite cliffs. The world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track is also located in Abel Tasman National Park and extends for 54.4 kilometers, and is approximately a three to five day walk. Visitors will come across animals and birds as well as stunning rock formations amidst the park. For those looking to spend a fun day out with the family, this park is the ideal place. Visitors taking a walk on the beach may also come across fur seals, little blue penguins and dolphins.
Nelson is a popular destination among caving enthusiasts and a popular area for a long rope descent is; Harwood Hole, which is an important cave system located in Takaka Hill. This hole is 357 metres deep and is said to be New Zealand’s deepest vertical shaft. Visitors should be aware that this activity is only suitable for those familiar with the area as well as those with experience. Takaka Hill is however a great place to explore and visitors will come across several limestone caves and sinkholes as well as a marble quarry and much more.
There are also several museums, art centres, specialty shops, historic buildings, public parks and zoos that tourists can visit. The Nelson Provincial Museum and The World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum are two other popular attractions in Nelson. Since Nelson is renowned for its highly skilled artisans, tourists must also pay a visit to the Nelson Saturday Market and other areas where they can buy souvenirs and unique items directly from local artists.
Located in Annesbrook, southwest of Nelson is the Nelson Airport, which is the fourth busiest commercial airport in New Zealand. The Nelson Airport is located 6 kilometres from the centre of Nelson and is used primarily for domestic flights. The two closest international airports to Nelson are Wellington International Airport and Christchurch International Airport.
There are a couple of Halal restaurants in Nelson that Muslim tourists can dine at, namely; Akbaba’s, The Boat Shed Café, Falafel Gourmet, Café Olive, Relish and Hopgood’s. Muslims visiting Nelson must be warned that while some restaurants are Halal certified and/or Muslim owned others do tend to sell alcohol and other non-Halal items. Since Nelson is Australasia’s largest fishing port, tourists can savour some of the best seafood in the world such as salmon, clams and scallops, here.
Here in Nelson, New Zealand, you can find the Nelson Islamic Cultural Society. The mosque does five times a day prayers, as well as Friday prayers at 12:30 pm during winter and 1:30 pm during summer.
Find out more about the mosque here.