If you could create a region that contains the very best scenery – mountains, lakes, rivers and golden sand beaches, all within one hour’s drive of a five-star private country retreat – you would have created Nelson and Bronte Country Estate. Where else can you visit rivers and lakes so clear that large brown trout can be easily spotted from the water’s edge? Where native bush robins are so friendly they hop onto your boots? Where the sea is that stunning bluey-green you only see in travel posters? That’s Nelson.
And Nelson is home to a diverse array of artists, artisans and craftspeople; potters and painters; glassblowers – watch as they tease a delicate vase into life. Vineyards are close by for the wine lover’s pilgrimage; taste mouth-watering smoked salmon and fresh local seafood. The more adventurous can hire a kayak or take a nature trail, exploring the pristine wilderness of the Abel Tasman National Park. There are many award-winning restaurants and wineries, country cafes and vineyard eateries nearby. Hop on a bike from Bronte and visit local artists at work, or a self-drive tour can be arranged for you.
These are the memories of Nelson you will savour and that will prompt you to return here again and again. Bronte Country Estate is the perfect place to stay while you enjoy these wonderful attractions all around you. Centrally located to the region and accessible by road and helicopter, its tranquil, parklike setting belies its proximity to amenities; just 25 minutes drive to Nelson airport and 30 minutes to Nelson City.