The Nelson Tasman area is arty, interesting and there are plenty of reasons to stay and have a good look around. Tasman is the general region with Nelson being the largest main centre. There's plenty of sunshine in Nelson. Enjoy the beautiful environment while you get acquainted with the creative local culture. Nelson main centres include Motueka, Takaka, Abel Tasman National Park, Brightwater, Golden Bay, Kaiteriteri and Murchison. Nelson has a rich cultural heritage, and the local museum reflects this. more
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Mobile-friendly - Sliding down water polished chutes, jumping into crystal clear pools, abseiling through showering waterfalls, and flying down ziplines. Abel Tasman Canyons provides exciting and action-packed guided canyoning trips in the Abel Tasman National Park, the Kahurangi National Park and Mt Richmond Forest Park. Canyoning: the best adventure to get roped into.
Mobile-friendly - Abel Tasman Charters operate a scheduled day-trip scenic cruise along the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline, past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round golden sandy bays, Adele and Fishermans Islands and on to Tonga Island seal colony. Other options include an exclusive 6 hour getaway charter, a Winery Tour followed by Scenic Cruise with gourmet lunch and a combined Cruise/Helicopter experience.
We provide daily coach services between Nelson and the Abel Tasman region including Mapua, Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Marahau. Day trips and packages are available incorporating boat cruises, sailing and sea-kayaking and we’re the specialty company to get you there for a hike or to just do your own thing. You’ll love our quality vehicles and informative commentary.
Mobile-friendly - We offer personalized boat and walking tours, exploring the treasures of the Abel Tasman, learn about the ecology and history of the area, with a relaxed atmosphere and expert guides. Choose from or combine our original boat/walking tour of the coast and our more intrepid tour of the stunning inland track. Book an exclusive charter.
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Mobile-friendly - At Abel Tasman Horse Trekking we provide quality trekking experiences right on the doorstep of the famous Abel Tasman National Park. For ages 12 and over we offer two-hour guided rides on the Marahau Beach, including a lesson in our sandy arena. For younger children we offer half-hour paddock rides. Quality gear, experienced, first-aid trained guides and friendly horses.
Mobile-friendly - Kaiteriteri Kayak is the only kayak operator to operate from Kaiteriteri Beach. Come and enjoy our blend of good times, great people, personality-plus guides and interactive trips! So go for a big day out, big lunch, lots of laughs join a trip with Kaiteriteri Kayak—great little kayak trips.
Mobile-friendly - An award winning modern Lodge just 400 metres from the famed Abel Tasman National Park. Restaurants, cafes, beaches, water taxis and kayaking all within easy walking. A range of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom chalets all within modern bathrooms, plus free unlimited WiFi, spa pool & sauna, BBQ, guest kitchen, laundry, room service breakfasts, free parking, information & booking service.
Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park in the country. It's world famous for its coastal walking track and has many golden sandy beaches. Established in 1942 it is 22,530 hectares in size and the nearest towns are Takaka, Motueka and Kaiteriteri. Tui, bellbirds and pukeko can be seen in this area.
Mobile-friendly - Nestled in a native bush setting, all of our solid timber one and two bedroom chalets offer maximum privacy and stunning ocean views. With wonderful panoramic seaviews, you wake up, appreciate the view and the day begins with a smile. Serviced daily, includes complimentary fresh ground coffee, tea, cookies and toiletries. Relax, explore, recharge; you'll wish you could stay longer.
Mobile-friendly - Day sailing tours aboard fast comfortable catamarans. The most peaceful and relaxing way to see the Abel Tasman—New Zealand's best sailing location. With half-day, full-day, and multi-day options, we'll make the most of your time. Private charters for specialised tours available for groups up to 40.
Mobile-friendly - Come to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park in comfort and safety with experienced skippers. Seven-days-a-week service. All trips offer viewing stops and commentaries about the unique Abel Tasman National Park features. See wildlife, golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, lush native bush and rivers.
Mobile-friendly - About New Zealand Rental Cars is one of New Zealand's favourite car hire companies that specialise in providing a large fleet of modern rental cars for self-drive holidays, sports teams and business travel. We offer rental cars in two Nelson locations (airport and city) and from our other depots in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Picton, Blenheim and Greymouth.
Mobile-friendly - About New Zealand Rental Cars is one of New Zealand's favourite car hire companies that specialise in providing a large fleet of modern rental cars for self-drive holidays, sports teams and business travel. We offer rental cars in two Nelson locations (city and airport) and from our other depots in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Picton, Blenheim and Greymouth.
Mobile-friendly - An easy way to find the best price to rent a campervan or motorhome in New Zealand. We specialise in free and easy self-drive campervan holidays. Our objective is to assist our customers in achieving their ideal holiday through efficient methods of holiday planning. In all, we ensure that you will give no chance to holiday disappointments.
Mobile-friendly - Absolute beachfront location on a quiet sandy beach. Private, 5-star luxury cottages in a spacious garden setting. TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice 2013, 2014 and 2015 winner in Luxury, Romance, Service and Small Hotels categories. This romantic lodging is centrally located for exploring Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks, and Farewell Spit.
air2there.com is a regional air service for Central New Zealand. air2there.com has bases at Paraparaumu, Nelson and Blenheim Airports and is dedicated to providing a fast, affordable regional service. Charter services are available to most airports throughout New Zealand. Our aircraft fleet includes the 14 seat Jetprop Grand Caravan. air2there operates additional charter aircraft for New Zealand wide charters.
Mobile-friendly - Luxury new boutique architecturally designed accommodation in secluded, three-acre stunning waterfront property with pool, on idyllic Kina Peninsula. Located within easy drive from Abel Tasman National Park; stunning beaches; Mapua and Nelson; local wineries, cafes and golf courses. The perfect getaway location for couples wanting a world class experience.
Mobile-friendly - Offering free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast, Aloha Lodge is just 2 minutes' walk from Nelson's beautiful Tahunanui Beach. All rooms offer SKY Guest Select 50+. Some rooms also have saunas and spa baths. Aloha Lodge is close to Nelson Airport and Nelson City is just an 8 minute drive away. Several restaurants and bars within easy walking distance.
Superb accommodation for couples, families and groups. An architecturally styled lodge in a natural setting at the very edge of Nelson Lakes National Park with great outdoors and lots of activities. It's location presents itself as a hub for visiting the Nelson/Abel Tasman and Marlborough regions.
We are a New Zealand based consultancy (specialising solely on New Zealand) creating innovative and imaginative self-drive itineraries tailored to your own requirements. Amazing New Zealand can offer you great diversity to take you off the beaten track and away from the mass tourism wherever possible to see and experience the REAL New Zealand.
Central city Victorian villa home modernised with air-conditioning, double glazing, super-fast fibre Wi-Fi and HD Blu-ray players. Budget rooms as low as NZ$39pppn outwith Summer. Big en suite rooms, most with TWO Queen beds. Free parking, great meals and room service available. Best Price in Nelson's City Centre Guarantee.
The only "Top-of-the-South" heritage home with air-conditioned, en suite rooms still offering à la carte cooked breakfasts and optical fibre Wi-Fi. Crystal chandeliers and 11-foot ceilings downstairs; views to the Centre-of-New-Zealand and across Tasman Bay upstairs with budget rooms as low as NZ$39pppn in winter. Buses stop right outside our Rose Garden. Spacious rooms, half with TWO Queen beds.
Mobile-friendly - Anahata Yoga Retreat is a residential yoga centre near Takaka. Set in stunning surroundings next to the Abel Tasman National Park, it overlooks Golden Bay and beyond to the sea. The focus is on yogic lifestyle and training, health, awareness, relaxation and imbibing yogic skills to create balance in every day life through our Yoga Solutions for Life™.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Anatoki Lodge Motel in the heart of Takaka, Golden Bay - 11 spacious modern groundfloor motel units with sunny patios, courtyards, broadband wireless internet and indoor solar heated swimming pool (seasonal). Close to Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman National Park. Easy walk to Takaka's shops, restaurants, movie theatre, art galleries and cafes.
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Brand new circus on its very first tour in New Zealand. KJ's "Cirque Grande" - all new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. It brings a fresh and exciting new look to the circus in ...
Where: Saxton Field Complex, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Saxton Road East, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Friday 20th October 2017
To: 6:30pm on Sunday 29th October 2017
Guy Buttery (South Africa) - Nelson Arts Festival
Award-winning, internationally recognised guitarist, and something of a South African national treasure, Guy Buttery enjoys invitations to play all over the globe. He has collaborated and shared the stage with many ...
Where: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Friday 20th October 2017
To: 9:50pm on Friday 20th October 2017
The Māori Sidesteps - Nelson Arts Festival
Tikapa Productions. Get ready for a night of hilarity as The Māori Sidesteps turn some of your favourite songs on their head in a mix of satirical skits and crooning goodness. The Māori Sidesteps are the newest ...
Where: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Friday 20th October 2017
To: 9:00pm on Friday 20th October 2017
Erin Donohue - When Everything Is Wrong (Nelson Arts Fest)
First-time novelist and anorexia survivor Erin Donohue has lived a lifetime in her 22 years. The former ballet dancer’s first book Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong has just been released, shedding ...
Where: NMIT Room, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 71 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 5:00pm on Friday 20th October 2017
To: 6:00pm on Friday 20th October 2017
Hudson & Halls Live! - Nelson Arts Festival
A Silo Theatre Production. By Kip Chapman with Todd Emerson & Sophie Roberts. Starring Todd Emerson & Chris Parker. And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. In this ...
Where: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
To: 9:40pm on Friday 20th October 2017
Love My Backyard Activity Sheet and Competition
Have a go at these activities over the school holidays and Conservation Week and be in to win some great prizes. We Kiwis love our backyard. Whether it's in our own gardens and parks or our big Kiwi backyard, we’re ...
Where: Nelson Visitor Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 79 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00am on Tuesday 26th September 2017
To: 5:00pm on Friday 3rd November 2017
Peruvian Maca - The Ancient Medicine of the Inca
Ever wanted to know more about Maca? Maca is one of the world’s most unique and powerful medicinal superfoods. It only grows above 3800m in the small region of Junin, Peru. As a medicinal it has been at the centre ...
Where: Organic Green Grocer, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 31 Vanguard St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 5:30pm on Friday 20th October 2017
To: 7:15pm on Friday 20th October 2017
Tamatea - Art and Conservation In Dusky Sound
Explore one of this country’s most precious, remote areas through the eyes of New Zealand artists. In winter 2014 and summer 2015, two separate expeditions into southern Fiordland transported 26 New Zealand artists ...
Where: The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:30am on Saturday 5th August 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 29th October 2017
Thomas Oliver & Band - Nelson Arts Festival
Known for his slide guitar-playing skills, tender vocals and engaging demeanour on stage, Thomas Oliver plays a distinctive blend of roots, soul, folk and electronic music. Internationally recognised as one of the ...
Where: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Saturday 21st October 2017
To: 9:50pm on Saturday 21st October 2017
Colin Hogg - The High Road (Nelson Arts Festival)
Finding the cannabis laws in his homeland a little too draconian for his tastes, well-known writer and columnist Colin Hogg embarked on a journey to the new frontier of marijuana, the United States. Travelling through ...
Where: The Granary, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Founders Historic Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 1:30pm on Saturday 21st October 2017
To: 2:30pm on Saturday 21st October 2017