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Explore a natural paradise of golden-sand beaches lapped by turquoise water, and national parks where lakes nestle between forest-clad hills. Hiking, kayaking and beach camping are all part of the experience.

This is a place where nature knows no restraint. Known for superb beaches – from golden-sand bays to coves where the forest grows right down to the water – this region also offers rugged inland landscapes, much of it protected in the Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks.The combination of beautiful scenery and a relaxed atmosphere has clearly proved inspirational for many; you’ll find an abundance of interesting art studios and galleries.

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Abel Tasman National Park Famed for its sea kayaking expeditions and hiking trail, Abel Tasman National Park offers an appealing blend of sunshine, blue water, golden sand and wildlife including dolphins. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes The other two national parks in the Nelson region offer very different wilderness experiences: Kahurangi is very big and very wild, while Nelson Lakes is tranquil and picturesque. Farewell Spit Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world and is a protected sanctuary for more than 90 different bird species. Art and crafts The Nelson region is a hotbed of creativity – home to more than 350 local artisans producing art and crafts that can be purchased at studios, markets and galleries. Golden-sand beaches The beaches in the Nelson region have to be seen to be believed – rich golden sand lapped by turquoise waters. Te Waikoropupu Springs New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs and source of some of the world’s purest water, Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs – just north of Takaka – are a beautiful sight holding great spiritual significance for Maori people.


Nelson Regional centre renowned for art, craft and fine food. Richmond Roadside fruit stalls, galleries and a shopping precinct. Mapua Historic wharf and waterfront cafés. Marahau The last tiny settlement before Abel Tasman National Park. Motueka Main town near Abel Tasman National Park. Kaiteriteri Bustling beachside resort and departure point for water taxis and tours heading into Abel Tasman National Park.

Getting There and Around

Air Nelson Airport, 15 minutes from town, services the region with domestic flights to Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland with Air New Zealand. Sounds Air offers flights from Nelson to Wellington. The nearest international airports are in Wellington and Christchurch. Road Nelson is 6 hours, 5 minutes from Christchurch and 1 hour, 35 minutes from Picton. Regular coach services run to and from the region, and to Abel Tasman National Park. Christchurch to Nelson [424 km; 6 hr, 5 min] Picton to Nelson [110 km; 1 hr, 35 min] Westport to Nelson [226 km; 3 hr, 15 min] Nelson to Murchison [129 km; 1 hr, 50 min] Nelson to Motueka [48 km; 40 min] Nelson to Takaka [108 km; 1 hr, 30 min] Water Water taxis are a convenient and inexpensive mode of transport into Abel Tasman National Park.

Making the Sale

  • Nelson is a hugely popular destination for visitors to New Zealand. With its beaches, forest walks and creative culture, it has something to offer everyone.
  • This region is blessed with a very pleasant climate and long sunshine hours.
  • Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s most-visited national park. Hiking, kayaking and boating are all options for exploring.
  • The town of Nelson is a relaxed place with good cafés and shopping. It also has a popular golden sand beach – Tahunanui Beach.

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