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

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi O Whakatu Visit website

Come and experience one of New Zealand's longest established art galleries, set in the beautiful Queens Gardens. Start your exploration of the artistic riches from . . . 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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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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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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Equestrian Lodge Motel Visit website

Set in 2.5 acres of peaceful landscaped gardens away from traffic noise, yet only a 5-minute stroll to shops, restaurants, 18-hole golf course and i-SITE. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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Arcadia Motel Visit website

For a great vacation at a super location stay with us here at the Arcadia Nelson. Just a short walk down to the idyllic Tahunanui . . . 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 . . . 

Nelson Auto Rentals Visit website

Locally owned and operated, Nelson Auto Rentals has a small fleet of modern cars, vans, and 4WDs. All vehicles are available 24 hours a day, . . . 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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Riverlodge Motel Nelson Visit website

Excellent CENTRAL LOCATION - situated in a quiet street but only a 3min stroll to sunny Nelson's bustling town centre with shopping and restaurants, park . . . More . . . 

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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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The Buller Gorge Swingbridge Visit website

At 110m long, the Swingbridge is an experience in itself. You can take beautiful photos of the mighty Buller River and the spectacular pink granite . . . More . . . 

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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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