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Sunny Nelson by the Sea is the home of arts and crafts, wearable arts, and wineries. More than 350 working artists are based here There’s wonderful shopping and markets in Nelson and nearby at Richmond, Motueka, Takaka, and Golden Bay. Three of New Zealand’s National Parks are just 90 minutes away and there are 22 walks in and around the City!


Experience Nelson Tasman

  • Sunshine and Wineries
  • Wearable Arts
  • National Parks and walks
  • Pottery and Glass Blowing
  • Local art trail


You´ll ❤️ these great things to see & do…

  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Pottery, jewellery and glass blowing
  • Weekend markets at Montgomery Square
  • Wineries and olive groves – Enjoy a leisurely lunch among the grapevines
  • Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi Wilderness
  • Hike the Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park
  • Skydive over, or walk and kayak the Abel Tasman National Park
  • See the mountains reflected in a bush-fringed alpine lake
  • Get inspired by the creative ingenuity on show at the WOW Museum


Useful Nelson, New Zealand Resources


Nelson is a popular destination for tourists seeking sunshine, beaches, mountains, forests, and lakes. Visitors to Nelson can expect all the amenities and services they desire for a perfect vacation. The locals are friendly and welcoming, making this fishing port a delightful place to visit. In addition to being New Zealand’s gateway to the forestry and horticulture industry, Nelson is also a great place to experience fine food and wine.

Nelson is a popular travel destination all year round, thanks to the traditional “Kiwi” hospitality. Must-see sites in Nelson include Golden Bay and the breathtaking Abel Tasman National Park.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy, such as relaxing on the beautiful coastline, strolling along the sun-kissed beaches, taking guided walks, and going sea kayaking or on a cruise.

Nelson in New Zealand is also an excellent place to get up close and personal with penguins, seals, and dolphins! The unique flora and fauna add to the semi-tropical appearance of the region.

Nelson has several attractions, including the Waikoropupu Springs, the Harwoods Hole, and several limestone caves. The many hotels, restaurants, and shopping arcades take care of all the lodging, dining, and vacation indulgence options. You can also enjoy bird watching, as over 100 species of birds visit the area each year, and water adventure activities such as kayaking, rafting, and boating.


The Best Tours & Day Trips from/in Nelson Tasman

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Abel Tasman Cruise and Walk


Great Day Out (Cruise 3.5hr, Walk 2hr)

Departing from Kaiteriteri, cruise the Abel Tasman coastline, pausing to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony before continuing along the spectacular granite coast to Totaranui. Abel Tasman Cruise  

Independent Walk & Medlands Beach

Take an independent stroll at the historic Tonga Quarry Beach and enjoy a gentle climb over a forested saddle. Continue along the waterfall trail that encircles the stunning Bark Bay Inlet, and cross the impressive suspension bridge beside Bark Bay Falls. You may want to take some extra time to relax on the golden sands at Bark Bay before proceeding with the walk to picturesque Medlands Beach. You will be collect....
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Abel Tasman Sailing Tour

  Full-Day Sailing Tour Abel Tasman: Departing from Kaiteriteri Beach, which is located one hour north of Nelson, join our Full-Day Sailing Tour to see all the highlights of Abel Tasman National Park. Either chill out and relax, get involved in the sailing, or learn as you go on this full-day skippered sailing tour.   Experience some great sailing, enjoy stunning beaches and islands, or take a short walk and explore the caves. Listen to birdsong from the protected and predatory-free island. Visit the Fur Seal Colony, Split Apple Rock, and much more before you return to Kaiteriteri Beach. Tour duration: 6.5 hours. Includes tea, coffee, and lunch.....
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Abel Tasman Scenic Cruise

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A scenic cruise with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles is a trip you will never forget. Our water taxis depart up to four times a day, seven days a week from Kaiteriteri Beach. Abel Tasman Scenic Boat Cruise from Kaiteriteri Departs Summer (peak) 9.00am 10.30am 12.30pm 2.15pm Winter 9.00am 12.30pm Sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise into the majestic Abel Tasman National Park. View world-famous Split Apple Rock, fur seals, golden sands and the crystal-clear waters of Torrent, Bark, Tonga, Awaroa and Totaranui Beaches before you return to Kaiteriteri. A great 3 or 4 hour cruise for all ages.....
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Bay Tours – ‘Explore the Plains’


Taste wine from four vineyards on the Waimea Plains. There is a superb lunch stop on every tour where you can use your $5 discount voucher. Stafford Lane (Oct to April) where you will sample their range of wines with a central platter of bread for dipping into locally grown and produced olive oil, olives, dukkahs and chutneys. And between April to Oct with a central cheese platter at the first stop. If beer is your passion, we will visit a brewery on request when booking. We will give you an informative but fun afternoon. Departure: 12.30pm returning approximately 5.30-6.00pm (winter hours may vary) five hour tour No. of vineyards: Four vineyards or three vineyards and a brewery (depends on first booking of the day)....
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Bay Tours – Wine and Art Tour


Can't decide between the wineries and studios? Do it all and appreciate the artistic life of Nelson as your explore studios and wineries - glass, pottery, beads, and woodturning, complemented by breathtaking scenery and award-winning wines. Departure:12.30pm returning 5.30pm or by arrangement Number of Vineyards: Two Art: Pottery, paintings, glass, sculptures, dried flowers, ceramics, jewellery, woodturning, and more....
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Farewell Spit Tour Abel Tasman

  Farewell Spit Tour Abel Tasman: Cape Farewell is the northernmost point of the South Island, and its dramatic coastal cliff offers spectacular views. Fossil Point is a popular spot for New Zealand fur seals, where you can see fossilized shells emerging from mudstone blocks and sea life thriving in rock pools. The guides are passionate about history, ecology, and wildlife and are committed to ensuring you get the most from your trip. Farewell Spit Tour Abel Tasman   During the summer, up to 20,000 godwits and 30,000 knots visit the Spit, as well as other northern migratory birds. This makes it a nature-lovers paradise, so make sure to bring your cameras and binoculars. The tours depart from Collingw....
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Golden Bay Guided Tour and Cruise


Cruise to Golden Bay New Zealand

Looking for an exciting way to explore both Abel Tasman National Park and the highlights of Golden Bay in just one day? Join a guided tour that departs from Nelson and takes you to Kaiteriteri to embark on a scenic cruise along the coastline of Abel Tasman National Park. Golden Bay Guided Tour & Cruise   During the cruise, you will pass by stunning golden sand beaches, Split Apple Rock, Adele Island Wildlife Sanctuary, and Fur Seal colonies before arriving at the picturesque beach of Totaranui. Afterward, you will explore the best spots in Golden Bay, including Te Waikoropupu Springs, which is famous for having some of the clearest fresh water in the world. Finall....
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Skydive Abel Tasman

Skydive At Motueka Airport

The Skydive Abel Tasman is located at Motueka Airport. You will be equipped and introduced to your professional Tandem Master who will provide you with a jump brief and assist you every step of the way. Skydive Abel Tasman  

Freefall at speeds of 200kph for 70 seconds

You will experience an incredible rush as you leave the aircraft with your Tandem Master and free fall for 70 seconds at 200kph. Once you reach 5,000ft, your parachute will open,  and you will gently drift over the Abel Tasman, enjoying breathtaking views of the mountains, rivers, and ocean. Allow 2-3 hours. Weight Limit:100kg.

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Skywire Flying Fox Nelson

  Skywire Flying Fox in Nelson: One of the world's longest Flying Fox experiences is available here. This one-of-a-kind ride is a mix of adrenaline and scenic beauty, as you soar high above the forest canopy. It's only a 25-minute drive from Nelson, and you'll travel up through the park to the Skywire launch platform. Up to four people at a time are harnessed into individual racing-car-style seats.   You can reach speeds of up to 100km/hr while traveling both forward and backward. With 800 meters of gravity-assisted freewheeling in each direction, it's a thrilling adventure that you won't forget. One of the World’s longest Flying Fox experiences - the one-of-a-kind ride is a shot of adrenaline mixed w....
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Split Apple Rock Kayak Tour


Split Apple Paddle (Kayak 2hrs) - ex Kaiteriteri

Are you a beginner looking for a fun and easy kayaking experience? Look no further! Join us on a paddling adventure to Split Apple Rock and explore the beautiful Kaiteriteri coastline. Split Apple Kayak Tour  

Kaiteriteri Beach

Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will greet you on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, where you will receive full instructions and a safety briefing before setting off on your journey. Keep your eyes peeled for Blue Penguins and other sea birds. Paddle through the sheltered inlets and granite formations along the coast. FavoriteLoadingAdd to Wishlist
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Spooner’s Tunnel Cycle Tour


Tunnel to Town via Mapua - Self-Guided Cycle Tour

Your adventure starts in Nelson City where you will be fitted to your bikes and briefed before boarding trail transport to the countryside. With an approximate shuttle time of 45 minutes to Spooner’s Tunnel, your driver will give you some useful tips about the trail including food and beverage stops. Spooner’s Tunnel Cycle Tour   At 1352 meters long, the Spooner’s Tunnel is the longest tunnel open to cyclists in the southern hemisphere. The old rail corridor into Richmond is unique and the amazing scenery combined with the peace and tranquility of the countryside must be experienced.


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World of WearableArt & Classic Cars


In October 2001 one of WOW®’s dreams came true with the opening of a permanent home and visitor attraction World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum, which every year welcomes thousands of local, national and international visitors. This unique visitor attraction means people can enjoy the special WOW® experience all year round. The car collection represent years of passionate sourcing from around the world and New Zealand. This is one of Australasia’s largest private collections. The museum’s distinctive building features a six-metre high metallic aluminium ribbon wall that is based on a dynamic wand and silk taper performance in a previous WearableArt™ show. The aluminium fabric flows and twists like the original fabric. Hours Open every day 10am - 5pm (except 25th December) We recommend 60-90 mins to view galleries.....
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