Nelson: living the good life

Tucked away at the top of the south, way off State Highway 1, Nelson is a town of 50,000 people...


The sun sets over Nelson city. © George Guille

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Abel Tasman Kayaks Visit website

Abel Tasman Kayaks was established in 1986, realising a vision to bring visitors into the glorious Abel Tasman National Park. Sea kayaking is such a . . . More . . . 

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Horoirangi Marine Reserve

The beautiful Horoirangi Marine Reserve lies north of Nelson city, along the eastern side of Tasman Bay.  Read the story . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

Abel Tasman Canyons Visit website

Our canyoning adventures take place in three stunning parks: the famous Abel Tasman National Park, the wild and remote Kahurangi National Park and the more . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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Tudor Lodge Motel Visit website

Situated in a prime location, 400m from Tahunanui Beach Nelson, Tudor Lodge Motel combines period-style and modern comfort, offering quality accommodation with all modern facilities, . . . 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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Dawn Chorus Apartment Visit website

Refurbished, quiet self-contained air-conditioned smokefree 1-bedroom apartment/flat (sleeps 4, 2 in sofa bed). Quality and affordable accommodation. Off-street parking, private garden, sundeck with views. . . . 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 . . . 

Courtesy Court Motel Visit website

Variety of units, serviced daily, can sleep up to 6, all with cooking facilities and Sky TV (5-channel). King/queen-size beds in most units. . . . More . . . 

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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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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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