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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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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Things to do

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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Kiwi Park Motels & Holiday Park Visit website

Welcome to award winning Murchison Kiwi Park Motels & Holiday Park, just 800m from the township with rural and mountain views in an exceptionally quiet . . . 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 . . . 

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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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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

Abel Tasman Marahau Beach Camp & Marahau Water Taxis Visit website

100% locally owned and operated, Marahau Beach Camp is a clean, quiet camp with spacious sites among the trees. Just steps away from the beautiful . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

There is near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Cable Bay Adventure Park Visit website

Cable Bay Adventure Park is Nelson's adventure playground. It is home to the Skywire (which is unique in the world) and a wide range of . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

The sand is a colour you simply have never seen before. The water is so blue it doesn’t actually look real. 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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Food and drink

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. Read the story . . . 

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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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Natural attractions

Camping in Golden Bay: a pristine paradise

Base yourself under canvas in a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean as far as the eye can see.  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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Natural attractions

Awaroa Beach: the beach we all own

You may well not be aware of it, but we all own this beach. Well, kinda. Read the story . . . 

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