Five great days out with kids in Nelson

Abel Tasman may be the smallest of the country’s national parks, but it has a weighty reputation for its beautiful...


The Tasman Great Taste Trail makes a great day out with kids. © Chocolate Dog Photography

Adventure Flights Golden Bay Visit website

Golden Bay based Adventure Flights is perfectly located between the mountains of the Kahurangi National Park, the rugged West Coast, the iconic Farewell Spit and . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Kahurangi Marine Reserve

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

Skydive Abel Tasman Visit website

Feel the excitement as you enjoy a scenic flight with stunning views as you climb to altitude over snow-capped mountains, golden beaches and turquoise oceans...paradise. . . . More . . . 

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Farewell Spit: a sandy phenomenon

Extending 35km east in a sweeping arc east from the northernmost extremity of the South Island, Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Nautilus Lodge Motel Visit website

MODERN, SPACIOUS, BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED AND SUNNY WITH A COURTYARD OR BALCONY. We welcome you to our centrally located, modern and spacious motel where you will . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Mountain biking the Rameka Track: gut-busting fun

Mountain bikes are forbidden in the Abel Tasman National Park – all except for one section, the Rameka Track from Tākaka Hill down into the Rameka Gorge. Read the story . . . 

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Ltd Visit website

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle welcomes you to discover the wonders of our beautiful region. Travel on past golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of the . . . More . . . 

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The Heaphy Track: in the footsteps of explorers

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

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Ngarua Caves Visit website

The beautiful Ngarua Caves are 300 metres of an extensive variety of Stalactites and Stalagmites and an excellent display of the extinct Moa. . . . More . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

Wilsons Abel Tasman Visit website

Choose from 2 hours to 5 days with cruising, walking, guided sea kayaking and beachfront lodge-stay options. Coach transfers from/to Nelson. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Nelson Lakes National Park: New Zealand’s Lakes District

Nelson Lakes National Park lies at the head of the Southern Alps and features majestic mountain ranges and the breathtaking lakes of Rotoroa and Rotoiti at its very heart. Read the story . . . 

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Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Welcome to Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. As the closest Holiday Park to the pristine northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park where . . . More . . . 

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The Pear Orchard Lodge Visit website

Rustic, Luxe, Boutique Accommodation in the heart of the Nelson region - The Pear Orchard Lodge is the perfect Farmstay Idyllic lodge on working orchard . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Nelson kaimoana: enjoy the catch of the day

Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia, so you’d expect the kaimoana to be pretty good in these parts. Read the story . . . 

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