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Nelson Attractions and Activities

Nelson and the surrounding region is a fantastic place to visit all year round. During the summer months, the beautiful beaches are a must. Cable Bay, Tahunanui, Rabbit Island, the Boulder Bank and Kaiteriteri to name a few. There are also some great swimming pools and river swimming holes to cool down in. Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks, Golden Bay and the Marlborough Sounds are all just a stunning drive away.

If walking or cycling is your passion, there are many great tracks throughout the region, including The Abel Tasman National Park, the Heaphy Track, the Dun Mountain Trail and the Great Taste Coastal Trail.

Galleries, pottery studios, museums, and art and craft are also plentiful. The vibrant Saturday market is unmissable for local produce, jewellery, a variety of food and everything else you could want. The Suter Art Gallery, Founders Park and Nelson Classic Car Museum are also a must. Shops, bars, boutique breweries, vineyards, cafés, restaurants, gardens, sculptures, festivals, sports, shows, skiing, boating, fishing... the list goes on!

Visit Nelson Tasman

Nelson Tasman is a place of stunning natural landscapes – lakes, mountains, rivers, native bush, beaches. We have it all within easy reach, whether you're arriving via ferry from the North Island, flying into our airport, or driving here from the South.

Abel Tasman Charters

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park. Snorkel in the marine reserve, walk in native bush, swim, relax on board, enjoy one of our kayaks. Uncrowded, relaxed day trips, exclusive charters, overnight trips in the Abel Tasman.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

Escape the ordinary with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles scenic cruises and water taxis. Our tours offer superb experiences while traveling on purpose-built catamaran water taxis with comfortable seating, excellent viewing areas, toilets and easy walk on-off access.

Taste Nelson Wines

Experience Nelson Tasman's premium wines from New Zealand's best kept wine secret. Discover the delights of the distinctive Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Aromatics and an impressive mix of emerging varieties, from the region's boutique wineries.

Nelson Craft Beer Trail

Follow the Nelson Craft Beer Trail! Craft breweries of all sizes now stretch from Nelson City to Onekaka in Golden Bay. They make a perfect excuse for a half-day or full-day tour exploring all the gorgeous corners of the region.

Nelson Lakes National Park

The Nelson Lakes National Park is an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes. A compact area of mountain ranges separated by forested valleys, the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the beginning of the awe-inspiring Southern Alps.