Nelson: living the good life

Neogothic cathedral in Nelson. © PatrikStedrak Visiting in October means the Nelson Arts Festival is on, together with its famous...


The sun sets over Nelson city. © George Guille

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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Horoirangi Marine Reserve

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

Waimarie on Riverside Visit website

Robin and Alison welcome you to Waimarie on Riverside, Nelson's only motel on the banks of the Maitai River, offering you a great location in . . . 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 . . . 

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Castles Motel Visit website

Castles Motel in Tahunanui Nelson is the ideal place to stay for your family holiday, corporate or group accommodation. Centrally located we are close to . . . 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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Kings Gate Motel Visit website

The Kings Gate Motel on the main street (Trafalgar Street), provides inner city accommodation Nelson. Self rated 4 star quality assured. . . . 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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Motueka TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

WHERE YOU WILL MEET FRIENDS FOR LIFE. A great Kiwi holiday starts with a great Kiwi holiday park and that is what you will find . . . 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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Anatoki Salmon Visit website

In Golden Bay, just between Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park, and a 1.5 hour drive from Nelson, you'll find a unique freshwater . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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Parkside Motel Visit website

Perfectly positioned. Walk to Richmond, close to Nelson, National Parks and beaches. PERFECTLY POSITIONED for everything Nelson and Tasman has to offer.Conveniently located on the . . . More . . . 

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