Abel Tasman National Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is situated in the Nelson region, the north-west corner of the South Island bounded by Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. It is about 423km from Christchurch (roughly a six hour drive) and can be reached via Motueka (from the south), Totaranui or Takaka.
Founded in 1942, the Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand's smallest national parks and named for the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman. Administered by the Department of Conservation, its bright golden beaches, turquoise waters, rocky headlands and hiking tracks make it an extremely popular destination for locals and visitors. more
The park enjoys some of the most sunshine hours in New Zealand, although warm gear and rain clothing are recommended for winter and autumn visits. The most popular activities are walking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track (over three to five days) or taking a sea kayaking tour (single or multi day). Kayaking often involves close-up encounters with the many seals who live around the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. There are also many opportunities for fishing, mountain biking, sailing, bird-watching, camping and picnicking.
Accommodation ranges from camping grounds to private luxury lodges. Book in advance for visits during the busier spring and summer months.
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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 - 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 - You'll find a unique freshwater fishing activity in Golden Bay just 100 km from Nelson. Situated on the banks of the Anatoki River between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Park, you can relax and catch your very own premium Chinook salmon. Have it hot smoked ready to eat in our cafe, or take away fresh for the BBQ.
Mobile-friendly - We offer boutique guest house accommodation or a luxury, executive style, self-contained cottage. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from our custom-designed property on 25 private acres of rural beauty. Relax in private, luxury quality surroundings. Enjoy a cool drink on the deck before enjoying your BBQ'd steak dinner. We have it all.
Mobile-friendly - Only a few minutes from Kaiteriteri Beach and a short drive to the start of the Abel Tasman Track, our tree lined holiday park operates all-year round offering over 200 sites for your camping pleasure! With amenities, powered and non powered options and the many adventures on our doorstep like fishing, walking trails, cafe's and nature - it's all here.
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Mobile-friendly - We are a small family owned enterprise operating a fleet of current model, two, four, and six-berth motorhomes and campervans. Situated in sunny Nelson at the top of the South Island, amongst national parks and golden beaches. Pick-ups from Nelson Airport and inter-island ferries in Picton.
Mobile-friendly - NZ Dream Weddings organises weddings and honeymoons in New Zealand for international couples and Kiwi elopements. Donna offers friendliness, honesty and years of experience in assisting couples on their special day. Let Donna know date, style, and options then you can relax, assured that all you paperwork and plans are put together with expertise.
Mobile-friendly - In The Hideaway Report June 2016, renowned luxury-travel company Andrew Harper concluded of Edenhouse: "Hospitality just doesn't get any better than this". This enchanting luxury lodge is situated within 48-acres of private grounds and internationally acclaimed gardens. Perfectly positioned between Nelson and The Abel Tasman National Park – it's surrounded by the activities and experiences in which its guests delight.
Mobile-friendly - An extraordinary selection of unique small group tours. Premier experiences using the most qualified people, personalities, locations and knowledge. Our trips range from guided adventure and dive tours through to educational tours with marine mammals. We are constantly striving to build greater ecological awareness of the highly sensitive and vulnerable nature of the environment.
Mobile-friendly - Cycle the Great Taste Cycle Trail in Nelson, NZ with The Gentle Cycling Company. Self-guided rides for lovers of food, art & beautiful landscapes. Single day wine or craft beer rides, multi day rides in stunning rural landscapes include routes to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.
Golden Bay Coachlines operate daily scheduled services from Nelson to Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park and the Heaphy Track via Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Collingwood. We also offer car rentals and bus charters in Golden Bay. Operating modern air-conditioned coaches, join us as we take you on a scenic journey through limestone outcrops, rolling hills and vast golden beaches.
Kaiteriteri is a seaside resort village just 13 km from the busy township of Motueka, and 5 km from Marahau - the main gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park in Nelson Region. Goldensands Holiday Homes has a portfolio of holiday homes in and around Kaiteriteri available for short term rent and let.
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Where: The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Monday 16th October 2017
To: 8:15pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
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Address: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:00pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
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Where: Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017
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Where: Nelson Visitor Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 79 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00am on Tuesday 26th September 2017
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Nelson Hydrotherapy Classes
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Where: Nelson Hospital, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 98 Waimea Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 1:30pm on Tuesday 9th May 2017
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Where: Annesbrook Church, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 40 Saxton Road West, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
Baby Sleep Consultant Q & A
Pop in to chat with Amy, a qualified baby sleep consultant about any baby/toddler sleep questions you have.
Where: Ecomoon Community Room, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 26 Gloucester Street, nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:30am on Tuesday 17th October 2017
To: 11:30am on Tuesday 17th October 2017
Hatha Foundation Course
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Where: Studio Evolve, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 1 Kinzett Terrace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017
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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
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Where: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017
To: 8:25pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017