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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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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Horoirangi Marine Reserve

The beautiful Horoirangi Marine Reserve lies north of Nelson city, along the eastern side of Tasman Bay.  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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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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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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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 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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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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Wilsons Abel Tasman Visit website

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

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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