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...


Nelson. © Alan Harris

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Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park

FUN, FUN, FUN IN THE SUN! CLOSEST HOLIDAY PARK TO THE CENTRE OF NELSON!We are only a leisurely walk or a very short drive from the centre of Nelson so . . . 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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Abel Tasman Lodge

An award winning modern accommodation just 400 metres from the famed Abel Tasman National Park, restaurants, cafes, beaches, water taxis and kayaking, . . . More . . . 

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Westhaven (Whanganui Inlet) marine and wildlife reserve

Westhaven, in the Nelson/Tasman region, is the first estuary in New Zealand to be protected by a combination of marine and wildlife reserve. The landscape is a rare combination of lush native coastal forest and tidal channels. Read the story . . . 

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Courtesy Court Motel

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. Free gues . . . More . . . 

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Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park — but it needs to be big to squeeze in the famous Heaphy Track, the Oparara Basin complex of limestone caves arches and channels, and 1795m-high Mount Arthur.  Read the story . . . 

Wilsons Abel Tasman

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

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The Abel Tasman Coast Track: Tasman’s treasure

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is 60km long and blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, meaning this coastal track is one of New Zealand’s best-known and most popular walks.  Read the story . . . 

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Equestrian Lodge Motel

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-S . . . More . . . 

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Tonga Island Marine Reserve

The Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden sand beaches, intimate coves and excellent summer weather. Tonga Island Marine Reserve lies within the park and covers an area of 1835ha around Tonga Island. Read the story . . . 

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Arcadia Motel

The Arcadia is a beautiful, quiet motel with an off-street courtyard situated only 500m from Tahuna Beach, 1km to the Nelson Links Golf Course and a s . . . More . . . 

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park — but it really has to be seen to be believed.  Read the story . . . 

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Kings Gate Motel

Great inner-city location, 11 refurbished, spacious, studio and family units, all with spa baths, kitchen and a honeymoon suite. Serviced daily. We ar . . . More . . . 

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Farewell Spit: a sandy phenomenon

At the western end of Cook Strait, extending 35km east in a pleasant, sweeping arc east from Cape Farewell, the northernmost extremity of the South Island,  Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Read the story . . . 

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Ltd

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  . . . More . . . 

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MTB the Rameka Track: gut-busting fun

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

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