As the closest town to the Abel Tasman National Park, Motueka makes a great base to explore the region further.
There are plenty of cafes and a colourful Sunday outdoor markets. Located in the centre of a rich hinterland where orchards, vineyards and hop gardens flourish, you can pick your own berries in season and enjoy local apples pears and kiwifruit. more
The Motueka River is famed for its Brown Trout and fly-fishing lodges. The nearby Riwaka Resurgence, off the Riwaka Valley Road, can be reached on foot. The source of the Riwaka River is an underground spring and you can see the water bubbling out of an underground cave.
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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 - 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 - Farm fun for all at Animal Farm Rare Breeds Farm Park. We are easy to reach; located at 389 Gardner Valley Road in Upper Moutere, only 15 minutes drive from Motueka and 30 minutes from Nelson. 17 hectares of friendly animals and fun for everyone. We (and all our animals!) look forward to meeting you. Come enjoy.
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 - Fiona from Baton Run Adventures offers Horse Treks for novice riders to the most experienced with variety of very individual horses. Half day up to three day treks amidst 5,000 acres spanning 5 valleys. Beautifully dressed bach accommodation available on-site close to the station or more remotely in the alpine lodge. Buggy rides available for partners not horse riding.
Mobile-friendly - Honeywell Hut is just 35 minutes from popular Motueka, and just over 1 hour from Nelson. Set on a large and dramatic sheep and beef farm, Honeywell Hut has all the style of a back country musterer's hut. The one room hut has been loving restored over the years, with a ton of creative, rustic charm.
Mobile-friendly - Small family owned enterprise operating a fleet of current model, two, four, six-berth motorhomes and campervans. Situated in sunny Nelson at the top of the South Island, among national parks and golden beaches. Bases Auckland and Christchurch. Pick-ups from Nelson Airport or accommodation, Blenheim Airport or accommodation and inter-island ferries in Picton, Picton Airport or any accommodation. Other areas by arrangement.
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 - 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.
Choice of accommodation to suit your style and budget on a beautiful rural peninsula. This peaceful location on the beachfront offers one and two-bedroom self-contained cottages, caravans and three power sites. Surrounded by superb views of sea, mountain and rural landscape. Within easy reach of all the Tasman/Nelson region has to offer. Pet friendly on request.
Private, beautifully furnished, self-contained cliff top country house on a working apple orchard close to cycle taste trail. Stunning uninterrupted views across Tasman Bay. Breakfast provisions included. Just a 40 minute drive from Nelson city and 30 minutes from the Abel Tasman National Park. Guests invited to help themselves to fresh produce from the well maintained vegetable garden and orchard.
Mobile-friendly - Lancewood Villa Eco-accommodation. between Nelson city and Motueka, the perfect location for exploring award-winning vineyards, local arts, and the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks. Two Studios and our romantic luxury suite offer resort-style rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Self catering or simply B&B. Set in 33 acres of farmland and native bush.
Mobile-friendly - Three award-winning self-contained holiday cottages situated at the water's edge of the beautiful Waimea Inlet, set in a landscape of vineyards and orchards. Perfectly situated between Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park. Private and tranquil, yet only 5 minutes from the coastal village of Mapua.
Mobile-friendly - Built on a 30 year reputation of excellence this private 5 star Luxury Lodge has developed a patina of understated exclusivity. Surrounded by first-class adventure - Able Tasman, trout-fishing, golfing, hiking coupled with exquisite cuisine and friendly staff, will ensure your time spent here in our beautiful part of the world will be an experience to remember.
Mobile-friendly - Clean, green holiday park set in spacious tree-filled grounds with plenty of campervan, caravan and tent sites, as well as a range of quality affordable accommodation - a bed for every budget. Easy drive to Abel Tasman National Park. Tramping, sea kayaking, fishing, horse trekking, paragliding, tandem skydiving and flightseeing.
Mobile-friendly - Small family-owned sea kayak company with many years of industry experience and extensive local knowledge. The Abel Tasman National Park is a very special place to our family (whānau) and we are excited to share its history, stories and natural beauty with you. Our base is brand new and purpose built - just for sea kayaking!
Mobile-friendly - We provide daily coach services between Nelson and the Abel Tasman region including 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 - Southern Wilderness specialises in innovative day and multi-day Gourmet Guided Walks through the three National Parks of the Nelson Tasman region. Experience fantastic tracks with relative ease and luxury - without the heavy burden of carrying your own food and equipment or the time consuming task of organising all the logistics of your trip. Custom package options also available.
Mobile-friendly - Ideally positioned at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, the multi-award winning Split Apple Retreat is the ultimate in luxury, exclusivity and wellness. Relax and rejuvenate at this boutique hotel and spa with breathtaking 180-degree views over Tasman Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park, and world-class food and wine.
New Zealand's fly fishing locations are world renowned. Stalking and site casting to big wild brown trout in crystal clear water is a fly fisherman's dream come true. The wide choice of rivers available from Stonefly Fishing Lodge enables guests to experience relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers to more adventurous back country streams. Guided two and three day excursions.
Mobile-friendly - Multi award-winning Stonefly Lodge is situated on 150 acres of private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, in the north west region of the South Island. Only 50 minutes drive from Nelson. The luxury lodge offers access to world class brown trout rivers, spectacular New Zealand scenery and wilderness activities, all within an hour's drive from the lodge.
Mobile-friendly - Fly into some of the Lord of the Rings secret locations. Explore the mystical environment and venture into the unknown. Experience the isolation and spectacular rocky landscapes south of Rivendell (Mount Olympus). Fly over Chetwood Forest. Visit Lake Canaan Down and Harwoods hole.
One of the world's 25 best eco-lodges (Nat Geo), set in 50 acres of wilderness, The Resurgence is the closest 5-star lodge to the Abel Tasman National Park. Select luxury self-contained 'Bush Suites' or the full lodge dinner B&B package with 4-course farm-to-table dining. Ideal for active couples who enjoy good food and nature.
Mobile-friendly - Kayak in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the untouched, timeless beauty visiting beautiful golden sandy beaches, bush-clad islands suspended in clear blue waters, all warmed by endless hours of Nelson sunshine. Guided trips range from a ½ day to 5 Days or freedom kayak rentals also available.
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Nelson Summer Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
“If music be the food of love, play on.” Following last year’s “heart warming” A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nelson Summer Shakespeare returns with a professional production of the hilarious and ...
Where: Fairfield House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 11th January 2018
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 20th January 2018
NZDC Youth Summer School Nelson 2018
Come and live a week in the life of a contemporary dancer! Our 2018 Summer School offers daily classes in contemporary, ballet, choreography and NZDC repertoire. This is a fantastic opportunity to grow your ...
Where: Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Cnr Hastings & St Vincent St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00am on Monday 15th January 2018
To: 4:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Five Fun Facts About Finland
Jerome Chandrahasen brings his latest storytelling stand up show to Nelson for the first time. Born from a chance meeting at a dinner party, come take a lighthearted trip across the globe with this hour of friendly stand ...
Where: Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 146 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 8:30pm on Saturday 20th January 2018
Tahuna Summer Sounds
Live music returns to Tahunanui Beach with local musicians performing on two different stages. Complementing the live music is a dedicated youth and family zone, with a heap of ‘have a go’ beach themed sports, ...
Where: Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Beach Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:00pm on Friday 12th January 2018
To: 9:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Bill Hickman and Billy Bones
If the smokier, darker edge of alt-country is where you like to dwell, Then check out Bill Hickman and Billy Bones. A gutsy, hard hitting band of original Americana. "Over the space of just five songs he shows us ...
Where: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 10:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Summer Movies Al Fresco - It's A Wonderful Life
There’s an extended selection this year for your enjoyment. Come to one or come to them all! Gather a group, a picnic, even a couch and join us from 7:30pm to play giant board games, enjoy the park and watch those ...
Where: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:10pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Children's market with free games and prizes. Children's stalls and art exhibition. Every Friday of the school holidays. Family friendly fun. Come and enjoy or set up a stall with your child and teach them financial ...
Where: Auckland Point School, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 111 Haven Road, Stepneyville, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 11:00am on Friday 12th January 2018
To: 1:00pm on Friday 2nd February 2018
Tasman Bay Cruising Club
Top of the south sports boat regatta: $75.00 The Nelson weekly regatta week kicks off with the top of the south trailer boats regatta, there will be racing inside the harbour on Friday evening followed by Saturday ...
Where: Tasman Bay Cruising Club, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 8 Cross Quay, Port Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 4:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Starlet of NZ 2018
2018 will see 11 contestants from around New Zealand compete to become the Starlet of NZ. This competition is for new performers who are thinking of entering the competition world of burlesque. It can be a nerve ...
Where: Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Saturday 20th January 2018
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 20th January 2018
Dub Cymatics NZ Tour
What isn't possible, when two multi-instrumental, one-man-bands combine? The Brunswick Space Agency presents, for the first time in New Zealand, Dub Cymatics, fresh out of the Australasian melting pot and built upon ...
Where: East Street Cafe & Bar, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 8 Church Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Saturday 20th January 2018
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 20th January 2018