Nelson - Tasman

Located at the northern tip of the South Island, Nelson-Tasman is a nationally significant area for primary production within New Zealand, accompanied by high technology, innovation and strong tourism potential.

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Nelson-Tasman is the leading national hub for New Zealand’s fisheries industry, and also has long-standing strengths in aquaculture, horticulture (particularly pipfruit) and forestry. Developing high-value primary industries, including hop-growing and apiculture, are further diversifying Nelson- Tasman’s primary production and food and beverage sector.

Regional highlights

  • Hub for added value food products
  • Marine, aviation and engineering expertise
  • Untapped tourism potential

Areas of opportunity

Food and beverage hub

Alongside traditional strengths in primary production such as seafood and pipfruit, Nelson is increasingly developing as a producer of quality food and beverages. The burgeoning craft beer and hop growing industries are adding to the regions’ quality offerings in horticulture, viticulture and aquaculture. Apiculture is a small but increasingly important industry for the region.

Specialised manufacturing and engineering

Nelson-Tasman offers specialised hightech expertise, including long-established strengths in aviation and marine engineering and servicing. World-class forestry machinery and innovative natural products and extracts technologies are further examples of leading-edge development in the region. Nelson-Tasman is also home to the Cawthron Institute of scientific research, and Innovate, a further enabler of innovation.

High-potential tourist destination

Nelson-Tasman offers three national parks, a sunny and mild climate, a wide range of outdoor activities and a thriving arts scene. The area is well-connected and welcomes visitors from New Zealand and internationally, with several airlines servicing Nelson and a new terminal planned for the city. Opportunities exist to invest further in attractions and supporting infrastructure including accommodation.

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How Nelson Tasman Compares

Who to contact

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

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Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency (EDA)

The Nelson EDA is a council-controlled organisation jointly funded by Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. They aim to facilitate smart and sustainable economic growth to enhance economic vitality, in support of the region's cultural and environmental values.

For more information and help in the region, contact Nelson EDA.

Sector strengths for Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough

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