Nelson is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand and is the region of lifestyle. Throughout the Nelson region you will find local art presented in galleries and secluded studios.
With three National Parks in this region, those seeking some outdoor exploring are in for a real treat. A must see is the World of Wearable Art & Collectable Cars Museum and the Rongoa Maori (natural medicines and bush walk).
You can also charter a yacht for a morning or a week and sail to interesting places like the Abel Tasman National Park.
Discover and book activities in Nelson . . .
Three National Parks:
Kahurangi National Park is perhaps best known for the famous hiking trail, the Heaphy Track. The walk can take from four to five days. Kahurangi is remembered for some of the scenes in the Lord of the Rings movie Trilogy.
The Nelson Lakes National Park and surrounding mountain ranges provide the ideal backdrop to an alpine trail to Lake Angelus or a lakeside walk around Lake Rotoiti.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track offers a three to five day walk. A guide is also available for this walk if preferred. On the water you can choose from different sea kayaking tours (for one or more days) allowing you the opportunity to explore the coast. The track includes comfortable huts, camping grounds and private lodges.
Enjoy a scenic drive over Takaka Hill (the marble mountain) to Golden Bay.
Te Waikoropupu Springs:
You will find New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs in Golden Bay. Set among native forest in a protected reserve,Te Waikoropupu Springs is well worth a visit.
A popular way to visit Farewell Spit is on guided safari. Here you will find a bird sanctuary and a wetland of significant international importance. Either walk the base of the spit or book a 4WD safari along to the lighthouse.
You will find massive rock and sand dune formations at Wharariki Beach – located on the wild and spectacular coastline.
Nelson’s finest wines:
The Nelson region offers a number of horse and trek tours based in the rural community and at Marahau Beach, Puponga Beach and Wharariki Beach.
Health retreats and spa’s are available throughout this region including some exclusive venues for that extra special pampering and care.
Kayaking in the Abel Tasman:
A popular way to explore the Abel Tasman’s fabulous coves, lagoons, beaches and offshore islands is by a kayaking tour. This allows a close up look at the local wildlife and coastal scenery.
Boat charters in the Abel Tasman:
You can charter a boat to the Abel Tasman National Park or arrange a boat and skipper. This can be for a full day or multi day period.
Abel Tasman Canyoning adventures:
The Abel Tasman is also recognized as one of New Zealand’s best canyoning area’s. You will find five exhilarating, action packed canyoning trips (informative guides and mind blowing scenery included).
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