Welcome to Nelson

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of the Tasman Bay and the oldest city in the South Island in New Zealand (1841). Because of its location and geography, Nelson is the sunniest region in the entire country. Nelson Tasman's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. When visiting Nelson Tasman take time to explore national parks, meet local artists and savour the local wines.

Top 7 Things To Do In Nelson

1. Explore the Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is situated near the top of the South Island, and is accessible by walking, cruising or kayak. The sheltered bays of the Park are perfect for sailing and sea kayaking, also offering opportunities to see the seals and dolphins who regularly play in these coastal waters.

2. Visit the home of hops

Nelson is the home of all New Zealand's hops, due to the perfect growing conditions. The region is also home to 11 craft breweries stretching from Founders Heritage Park to Onekaka in Golden Bay. They provide the perfect excuse for a day of sampling the local product.

3. Cycle Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

Take in the stunning views of the Nelson Tasman area by bicycle. The trail can be done as a whole, or in sections, but whichever you choose your path will take you to vineyards, breweries, orchards, art galleries and boutique shops.

4. Discover local art

There are over 300 artists in Nelson Tasman, and every type of art is represented from painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, potters, glass blowers, jewellers, performance artists, writers and creators. There are many local markets, galleries and studios to visit.

5. Visit Golden Bay

No trip to Golden Bay is complete without a tour of Farewell Spit. The 30km long spit is considered a Wetland of international importance. Stop in Cape Farewell, the island's most northerly point to enjoy stunning views from the lighthouse and see seals basking on the rocks below.

6. Visit the Waikoropupu Springs

For a truly unique New Zealand experience visit Te Waikorupupu Springs. These springs are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest spring water ever measured. The springs are spiritually significant to the Maori people.

7. Sky dive over two islands

Take to the skies to sky dive over Abel Tasman National Park, where you can see both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The landscape will take your breath away as you fly over mountains, bush-clad hills, rivers, orchards, vineyards and golden beaches.

Top Tours & Activities in Nelson

2.5-Hour Horse Riding On The Cable Bay Adventure Park

Explore the Cable Bay Adventure Park at a more relaxed pace with a guided horse trek. Starting out along farm trails you climb up well graded trails to view points overlooking the either the main native forest block within the park with distant views to the stunning Delaware Bay.

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From Motueka: Half Day Wine Tasting Tour & Visit To 3 Wineries Including Lunch

You will be in awe of the natural surroundings whilst savouring absolutely world class wines. We start the tour from Motueka and will take you on a half day tour in the best wineries of the Tasman region. Enjoy wine tastings and a light lunch, accompanied by a local guide.

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8-Day Hiking Trip Along The Best Views Of The Southern Island Of New Zealand

Embrace the South Island of New Zealand and visit iconic locations along with enjoying your creature comforts at the end of each satisfying day. From postcard perfect Abel Tasman National Park to Punakaiki’s luscious green rainforests and the majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook. Finish your time in this magical country under the immense peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park before arriving in Queenstown.

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From Nelson: 1.5-Hour Quad Bike Tour In The Cable Bay Adventure Park

Combining excitement and adventure the quad bike tours are an unforgettable adventure where guests self drive the quad bikes through native forest settings. Designed to suit all abilities this tour follows the forest trails up to the Skywire before desending back to the farm and a trip around the flats.

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1-Hour Horse Riding On The Cable Bay Adventure Park

Explore the Cable Bay Adventure Park at a more relaxed pace with a guided horse trek. The Cable Bay Adventure Park is Nelson's adventure playground. Located just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Nelson, set in magnificent native forest with views over the stunning Delaware Bay. A great learners ride!

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From Nelson: 2.5-Hour Quad Bike Tour In The Cable Bay Adventure Park

Join us for our most popular ride - explore over 14km of beautiful forest trails. Ride past the Skywire then out to the stunning Bayview lookout which overlooks Delaware Bay before descending back through the farm.

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Full Day Abel Tasman And Golden Bay Tour From Nelson Or Motueka

On this full day tour you will experience many diverse landscapes in this stunning area of New Zealand. We enjoy a boat cruise and land tour highlighting the best walking and viewing spots.

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Good To Know

Language
English; Māori
Currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Time Zone
GMT+13
Country Phone Code
+64
Best Time To Visit
Summer (December, January, Frebruary) or the less crowded Fall (March, April, May)