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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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 . . . 

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

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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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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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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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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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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Tudor Lodge Motel Visit website

Situated in a prime location, 400m from Tahunanui Beach Nelson, Tudor Lodge Motel combines period-style and modern comfort, offering quality accommodation with all modern facilities, . . . 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 . . . 

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Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel Visit website

Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels, One of New Zealand's most remembered Holiday destinations since 1926. Wide range of accommodation from basic cabins, perfect . . . 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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Dawn Chorus Apartment Visit website

Refurbished, quiet self-contained air-conditioned smokefree 1-bedroom apartment/flat (sleeps 4, 2 in sofa bed). Quality and affordable accommodation. Off-street parking, private garden, sundeck with views. . . . 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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Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

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 . . . 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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