Across the heavily forested Richmond Range is the huge sweep of Tasman Bay. Sitting on opposite sides of the bay are the city of Nelson and the town of Motueka. Both are reowned for their artists and craftspeople, and for their mild temperatures and long hours of sunshine.

The city of Nelson is situated ae the Cook Strait on Tasman Bay on South island. While Wellington often suffers from strong winds, Nelson is sheltered by surrounding hills, and is known for its warm climate and sunshine, The city supports local horticultural industries including tobacco and hops, as well as orchards and market gardens. Nelson and nearby towns around Tasman Bay and Golden Bay are home to a large number of craftspeople, including potters and wood-workers. The region's artistic bent is seen annually in the Wearable Art Awards, a unique type of fashion show with outrageous costumes. The event has received worldwide acclaim, drawing both entrants and audience from around the globe.

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