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Nelson kai moana: enjoy the catch of the day

Master storyteller John McCrystal discovers that the original European residents of what came to be known as Nelson (after a certain admiral) didn’t want to be there at all. Read the story . . . 

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The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte differs from others in the network of New Zealand’s Great Walks in that the accommodation is in a different class to other bush-bashing experiences. Read the story . . . 

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The Nelson market: homemade with heart and skill

Visit this pure, heartfelt celebration of the creative endeavours of the people of the region and their fine local produce, and love it forever. Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough: From the vines to the sea

As the probable landing place of the first waka ever to visit New Zealand, Marlborough is the home of the very first people ever to travel to this country writes Nelson-based writer Naomi Arnold.   Read the story . . . 

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park — but it needs to be big to squeeze in the famous Heaphy Track, the Oparara Basin complex of limestone caves arches and channels, and 1795m-high Mount Arthur.  Read the story . . . 

The head and shoulders of Mount Owen. © Jay Berkow Photography

Out and about in Nelson Tasman

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Tasman: a taste of everything

Consistently enjoying the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, the rays beam down on a region producing an enormous variety of food and drink. Read the story . . . 

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The Heaphy Track: in the footsteps of explorers

The Heaphy Track travels through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nikau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast of the South Island. Read the story . . . 

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Kahurangi Marine Reserve

North of Kahurangi Marine reserve is a remote wilderness visited more by seals than humans. Read the story . . . 

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Golden Bay: sun, sand, and secession

Award-winning writer and pie lover Naomi Arnold considers why it doesn’t seem so crazy that the people of Golden Bay sometimes joke about officially seceding from the rest of New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough Wine Trail

John McCrystal reckons Marlborough requires a long and leisurely visit. Read the story . . . 

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The Abel Tasman Coast Track: Tasman’s treasure

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is 60km long and blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, meaning this coastal track is one of New Zealand’s best-known and most popular walks.  Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough Sounds: unspoilt wilderness

Marlborough must have been an amazing place to visit in the last Ice Age, when a fair chunk of the Southern Ocean was locked up in the Antarctic icebox writes John McCrystal.  Read the story . . . 

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park — but it really has to be seen to be believed.  Read the story . . .