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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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 . . . 

Abel Tasman Canyons Visit website

Our canyoning adventures take place in three stunning parks: the famous Abel Tasman National Park, the wild and remote Kahurangi National Park and the more . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Nelson kaimoana: enjoy the catch of the day

Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia, so you’d expect the kaimoana to be pretty good in these parts. Read the story . . . 

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Motueka TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

WHERE YOU WILL MEET FRIENDS FOR LIFE. A great Kiwi holiday starts with a great Kiwi holiday park and that is what you will find . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

Jens Hansen Contemporary Gold & Silversmith Visit website

We create precious jewellery of uncompromising beauty. All the work is handmade, original and crafted 'to be worn', including The World's Most Famous Ring - . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Tasman: a taste of everything

Consistently enjoying the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, the rays beam down on a region producing an enormous variety of food and drink. Read the story . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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Natural attractions

Golden Bay: sun, sand, and secession

At first sight of Golden Bay from Tākaka Hill, you get the feeling this is definitely a settlement that could live happily apart – one of the last, loveliest places on Earth. Read the story . . . 

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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Natural attractions

The Abel Tasman Coast Track: Tasman’s treasure

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is 60km long and blessed with golden beaches and lush coastal native bush. Unsurprisingly, it's one of New Zealand’s best-known and most popular walks.  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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Natural attractions

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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