Located in the top of the South Island, Nelson is the stepping off point to the Abel Tasman National Park. The region has an array of stunning natural landscapes to explore - beaches, rivers, lakes & mountains. It’s all here !!
45 min flight from Wellington
1½ hour flight from Auckland
For those arriving from the North Island via
the ferry at Picton, the drive time from Picton to
Nelson is 1¾ hours
Nelson / Tasman offers a surprisingly diverse range of accommodation, from exclusive luxury lodges, international award-winning hotels high-quality motels and serviced apartments through to camping grounds, holiday homes, farm-stays and backpacker lodges. Some of our favourite places to stay include:
The Shelbourne Villa B&B
Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Wilsons Beachfront Lodge (ATNP)
Awaroa Lodge ( ATNP)
Delorenzo’s Studio Apartments
SEE + DO
Nelson / Tasman is a hub of activity all year round offering the perfect balance of indoor & outdoor adventures. If you love to be on or near the water, there’s plenty of options in the region.
Hop onboard a cruise or sailboat to explore the hideaways & stunning golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park
Mountain bike on some of the regions renowned leisurely cycle trails.
Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Trail ( 53km’s )
Check out the Farmers Market & Craft Fair in Nelson
Visit some of the top wineries on a guided e-bike tour
Join one of the many art trails that span the length of the region
Visit the world famous Wearable Arts & Classic Car Museum
Take the drive from Nelson to Murchison & experience some of the best all-grades white-water rafting in NZ
Visit Te Waikoropupu Springs ( Golden Bay ), the largest coldwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere.
Tour the bush-clad terrain near Nelson on a quad bike adventure.