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.