CWC 2015: Nelson fact file

Key facts on Cricket World Cup 2015 host city, Nelson

Nelson is the geographical centre of New Zealand

Nelson is named in honour of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson

Nelson, settled in 1841, is New Zealand’s second oldest city

Nelson city basks in 2,500 sunshine hours per year

New Zealand’s first rugby game was played in Nelson on  14 May, 1870

Nelson has the southern hemisphere’s largest camping ground - Tahuna Beach Holiday Park has over 2000 camp sites and motel units

Nelson’s Blue Lake – also known as Rotomairewhenua – holds the title of the world’s clearest lake

Māori knew the Nelson area as Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui or ‘the tip of the nose of the canoe of Maui’

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s leading wine regions, producing chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, pinot gris, gewürztraminer and an intensely-flavoured sauvignon blanc

Nelson has three national parks - Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park

It also has two marine reserves and an extensive coastline that are havens for some of New Zealand’s beautiful and protected nature and wildlife

In Tonga Island marine reserve - part of Abel Tasman national park - visitors can kayak or take a boat out to see a New Zealand fur seal colony in its natural environment

Nelson’s Farewell Spit is the world’s longest natural sandbar. It stretches 35km off the tip of the South Island and continues to grow

The coastal Abel Tasman track is a 'Great Walk' of New Zealand

Also in the Nelson region is the Heaphy Track. This walk takes about four to six days and is the longest ‘Great Walk’

Nelson is the birthplace of the unique World of WearableArt show and claims to have New Zealand’s biggest artist community per capita

A long-held cricketing superstition termed ‘Nelson’ applies to team or individual scores of 111 or multiples of it (known as double nelson, triple nelson, etc)

It is thought to refer to Lord Nelson's lost eye, arm and leg but this is not historically accurate as he never lost a leg 

Speculation is rife about what the remaining “1” might represent

Nelson provided the backdrop for several locations in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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