Nelson Saturday market is just wonderful. It's full of arts and crafts and fantastic food. The term, 'Arts and crafts' doesn't really paint the right picture. The artists here are serious artists selling their art at relatively very reasonable prices. You'd find most of the pottery, paintings,prints, fine art, clothes, sculptures, silversmithing, metal working, cabinet making, stone and wood carving, glass making, weaving, quilting, lacemaking, clockmaking, topiary designs, jewellery etc etc, in top end galleries and shops around the country and around the world. so buying direct from the artist in the sunny city of Nelson at half the price, is a pretty nice experience. The list of crafts isn't exhaustive but it would be exhausting to mention every type of art here in Nelson market.
I haven't even touched on the fresh produce, plants and food available. Whenever I'm over that side of the world visiting my childhood city, I wait for Saturday to go here and stock up on fresh meats and veg. I usually buy plenty of fresh venison and have a big meal for friends and family. If they haven't got wild boar or whatever it is you're after, they'll take your order and phone you when they've been out and got one. That's fresh! There are food wagons everywhere with seating around them for you to sit in the sun, (the sun always shines in Nelson), eat some tasty food and watch the world go by. If you're after second hand stuff, you're better off going up the road to Mapua market, but more of that on another review.
And of course us Kiwis are very friendly people! I am by birth British and live in Blighty, so I feel I can say nice stuff about New Zealanders and places in New Zealand.
If you're travelling to NZ, Nelson is a great place to visit. However many Greek beaches I visit, the NZ ones still can't be beaten. Nelson is called 'The sun city of the South' and really does have it's own micro climate. Be sure to visit if your there and say hi to my dad if you see him!
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