Explore by location
Let's have a look at what Nelson has to offer in different areas.
Cable BayCable Bay is just north of Nelson city and is the perfect spot to stop off on your way to or from Picton or Blenheim. Pastoral valley scenes with magnificent native forest and the stunning Delaware Bay await! 4
KaiteriteriAt any time of the year, standing on Kaiteriteri beach in the morning sun looking out at the bay will make your spirit soar. While it’s the perfect place to begin your journey by sea into the Abel Tasman National Park, it’s also the perfect place to linger, relax, and enjoy this truly stunning part of Nelson Tasman. 4
NelsonKnown as a vibrant and welcoming city, Nelson is (quite literally) at the heart of the country. It’s accessible, highly connected to other main centres, and is the place many New Zealanders choose for their getaways, and who can blame them?Known as a vibrant and welcoming city, Nelson is (quite literally) at the heart of the country. It’s accessible, highly connected to other main centres, and is the place many New Zealanders choose for their getaways, and who can blame them? 1
Explore by time
How much time do you have?
Full DayFrom the bustling central city to the expansive Waimea Plains, the rolling Moutere Hills to the pristine Abel Tasman, the glacial Nelson Lakes to the rugged Kahurangi outback, a wealth of adventures await you right here on our doorstep.Nestled in the middle of the country, the Nelson Tasman region is home to an abundance of beauty, entertainment and passion. For this reason, it's proven quite difficult to identify the top 10 things to do here, as every township and national park that makes up our extraordinary region is unique in it's own way.So whether you're a first time visitor or a long-time lover, below you'll find everything you need to craft your own Nelson Tasman itinerary. 8
Multi DayLike all great things, Nelson Tasman is best explored at a leisurely pace.It is a place of surprising diversity, with vibrant arts and artisans, a full year-round entertainment calendar, and an array of stunning natural landscapes stretching from the city through to the bay.A multi-day escape is perfect for exploring everything that this extraordinary region has to offer, from our trifecta of national parks to our local artisan markets, and our scenic cycle trails to our golden sandy beaches.These 2-5 day itineraries have been crafted to ensure your visit is filled with none other than a raft of unforgettable experiences to treasure long after your holiday has come to an end. 2