...where activities galore will get you outdoors!
Visitors are attracted to the Nelson Tasman region to capture some of the true essence of our Kiwi lifestyle. They enjoy its diverse landscape – from snow capped mountains, to lush green forests, to rolling vineyards, to golden beaches, to turquoise waters and to long summer balmy days. Its all here, all year.
Discover New Zealand's best kept secret, home to three of New Zealand's most spectacular national parks and the magnificent Mt Richmond Forest Park. The region's most popular tourism activities are based around the outdoor playgrounds of the parks.
Adventure activities are on the menu for all the family. There are thrill seeking mountain-biking and cycling tracks, world-class fly fishing in crystal clear river waters and amazing diving and sailing trips all year round. Sea-kayaking, walking and swimming on one of our golden sand beaches are popular in the Abel Tasman National Park. Hiking, swimming and stunning scenery are on offer in the Kahurangi National Park and the alpine region of Nelson Lakes National Park. Visitors can explore the hills by quad-bike, horse, skywire, or take a guided trip to some of the most remote, scenic and remarkable corners of the region. A guided trip really adds value to the experience and is highly recommended. Most guided trips are supported with gourmet cuisine on the road or aboard one of our luxury sail yachts.
For those interested in arts and crafts you have landed in the creative arts centre of New Zealand and home to the wonderful World of Wearable Art®. Enjoy tours of galleries and studios of talented artists who provide an intimate experience, engaging with the lifeblood of this very creative community.
Wine and beer enthusaists will find the cellar doors of passionate winemakers and brewers open and foodies will lick their lips with the delectable delights they'll discover with our local produce and seafood. There's something here for everyone. And hey, if you're just in the mood for a meander along the waterfront, some retail therapy, a massage or just going with the flow, that's okay too.
The compact geography means most activities are within 1-2 hours drive of the city. We have rental vehicles, guided coach/minivan tours and a great accessible airport if arriving by air. It's really easy to get around. The climate is mild whatever the season and with the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand, most activities are on offer year round. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore. Winter, spring, summer or fall, we have it all.