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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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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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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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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Kahurangi Marine Reserve

North of Kahurangi Marine reserve is a remote wilderness visited more by seals than humans. Read the story . . . 

Riverside Sojourn Visit website

. If you are after comfortable, quiet and spacious, self-contained accommodation close to Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park, you have found the . . . 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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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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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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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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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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

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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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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Cable Bay Adventure Park Visit website

Cable Bay Adventure Park, 15 minutes from Nelson city, is where you can enjoy one of our immensely popular 4-Wheel Motorbike adventures. . . . More . . . 

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