Things to do in Nelson Region

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Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Tonga Island Marine Reserve lies within the Abel Tasman National park and covers an area of 1835ha around Tonga Island. Read the story . . . 

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Westhaven (Whanganui Inlet) marine and wildlife reserve

Westhaven 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 coastal forest and tidal channels. Read the story . . . 

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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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Farewell Spit: the longest natural sandbar in the world

Travel along the longest natural sandbar in the world, a sanctuary to over 90 bird species, including bar-tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones. Read the story . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Road trips

Great Coast Road: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best. Read the story . . . 

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