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Drenched in sunshine all year round, Nelson holidays bring you a city full of bustling activities for everyone. Whether you’re drawn to the ocean or lush valleys and forests, you can discover beach watersports and adventurous mountain walks. Culture lines the pretty streets that are home to local art galleries, delicacies and wineries.

Known as a prestigious wine region, a visit to the vineyards spent sampling the area’s famous pinot noir at Moutere Hills and Waimea Plains is a must during your Nelson holiday. If beer is more your tipple, visit the local breweries that serve up tasty craft beer. Foodies will find plenty of waterfront restaurants serving up delicious local delicacies. This is the ideal place to experience New Zealand cuisine at its best.

Rich in arts and culture, Nelson tours include visits to a range of galleries and studios. And it won’t be long until Tahunanui Beach tempts you to its shimmering waters, where you’ll find boats and a Natureland Zoo, as well as lots of restaurants.

Experience a coastal paradise with Abel Tasman National Park holidays

If you’re seeking a sunny coastal escape, 20 minutes from Nelson city is the stunning Rabbit Island. This small island is home to pretty beaches and a huge population of friendly rabbits who thrive due to a lack of predators. Alternatively, stop off at Kaiteriteri for golden sands on your way to the Abel Tasman National Park. Known for its clear waters, idyllic bays and little whitewashed towns, Kaiteriteri is ideal for a relaxed day.

Hop in a water taxi from Kaiteriteri to Abel Tasman National Park for some adventure, as well as blissful relaxation. Inviting sandy beaches await you, with crystal-clear streams, lush forests and thriving wildlife.

Follow a coastal walk around the park or take to the glistening waters with a kayak tour around the vast landscape. Don’t forget to stop at Pitt Head for fascinating history.

Destination Highlights

  • Wander the cultured streets of Nelson city and peruse the museums, art galleries and parks
  • Explore the beautiful Abel Tasman - New Zealand’s smallest coastal national park - by foot, water or air
  • Cycle to the popular Tahunanui Beach, just in time for sunset, and relax by the glistening water
  • Taste your way through Nelson’s wineries, craft beer trails and breweries, and visit the peaceful freshwater springs

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Charlie, Destination Manager

“Adventurers will love Northwest Nelson and its many caves. It’s said to be the best in New Zealand and features a big range. Take to Mount Arthur and climb the 2,916 feet to Nettlebed Cave, or visit the longest – Bulmer Cavern.”

 

Charlie
Destination Manager
Lucy, Destination Specialist

“Make sure you visit Te Waikoroupupu (its nickname is Pupu). It’s located in Golden Bay and home to springs famous for producing the world’s clearest waters.” 

Lucy
Destination Specialist

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