The big picture
Primary production industries are at the heart of Nelson-Tasman's dynamic economy. The region is New Zealand's leading fisheries hub with the largest fishing port in Australasia, and boasts well-established and high-performing aquaculture, horticulture (especially pipfruit) and forestry industries.
Nelson-Tasman offers diverse opportunities for developing high-value primary industries like hop-growing and honey production. Its primary sector advantages are also underpinned by a strong specialised manufacturing and engineering sector, with a concentrated cluster of aviation, marine and high-tech engineering businesses. The region is earning a solid reputation for its innovative natural products and biotechnology, supported by a national-level research institute and aquaculture park.
Nelson-Tasman is a drawcard for visitors from near and far, with stunning golden beaches, adventure tourism options, and three national parks which epitomise the natural beauty of New Zealand. Tourism in the region has significant investment potential.