Do something new New Zealand…..

Do something new New Zealand… this is the call out to all New Zealanders. Now is the perfect time for Kiwi’s to make their NZ bucket list happen. We all have places and things in NZ that we’ve always wanted to see and do – Let’s tourists in our own country and get out & explore and experience this amazing country that we get to call home…..Do something new

“ Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape”

Here are our top 10 reasons why a trip to Nelson needs to be on your NZ bucket list

The beautiful weather at any time of the year.

Nelson/Tasman is consistently one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. It has a moderate climate, not too hot or humid, not too cold, average rainfall, little wind and awesome sunny days

Stunning beaches

Whether it’s a walk along the beach, sunbathing, swimming, paddleboarding, kitesurfing we have it covered from Tahunanui Beach, Rabbit Island, Kaiteriteri, the secluded beaches of the Abel Tasman, Wharariki Beach. You are spoilt for choice.

A gateway to mountain biking or tramping

The Heaphy Track, mountain biking the Old Ghost Trail and tramping in the Nelson Lakes National Park. These are all world class experiences and definitely on the bucket list of the adventurous. Nelson is the perfect base for setting off on all of these adventures.

Great Cafes, Award Winning Wineries, Restaurants, Boutique Breweries….

Taste your way around this amazing region from the award winning wineries to the world famous peanut butter, local cafes, boutique breweries, weekend markets, gourmet restaurants……Nelson Tasman is the perfect location for foodie lovers all the year around.

Great Taste Trail

Which loops around 174km of Nelson’s best coastal and urban areas and treats riders to an array of sights and experiences from cellar doors and vineyards, to waterfront dining and cool- store galleries, historic rail tunnels. The trail is able to be done in parts as short day rides or multi day adventures.

Visit Golden Bay

Have you been out to Farewell Spit, walked out to the rugged Whakariki Beach, visited Te Waikoroupupu (Pupu) Springs with the world’s clearest fresh water springs, how about catch you lunch or dinner at Anatoki Salmon, stopped off at the Ngarua Caves at the top of the Takaka Hill… many places to visit and explore.

Website for Anatoki Salmon is

Experiences galore to be had

Ranging from
Paddle Boarding with Moana Paddleboards (,
Sky Diving with Abel Tasman SkyDive (, 
Cable Bay Adventure Park (
Wairoa Gorge Mountain Bike Park (
Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park  (
Skiing, snowboarding, fun in the snow  at Rainbow ski area
Whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Murchison Area

Home to many Local Artists, Craftspeople and the Saturday Market

For which Nelson is famous for.  Nelson has an amazing creative spirit from the stalls at the local markets, the local artists and photographers, the many pottery outlets and many arts festivals and events that are held throughout the year.

Nelson Saturday market:  the place to visit every Saturday morning for a wide range of local arts and crafts, fresh produce, gourmet foods, coffee, brunch

More Iconic Nelson Places to Visit

Include Pic’s Peanut Butter World: visit the home of New Zealand’s best loved peanut butter, take a tour around the factory & buy some peanut butter

Centre of New Zealand: another iconic Nelson activity is the walk up to the Centre of NZ, the geographical centre of New Zealand and a great lookout over Nelson City

Nelson Classic Car Museum: this is a collection of 150+ immaculate classic cars covering 100+ years of motoring. A must do for the car enthusiasts.

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park

World famous for it’s coastal walking track and many golden sandy beaches. Things to do in the Abel Tasman include…a water taxi ride (Wilsons or Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles) into one of the beaches, where you can swim, sunbathe and explore and either get picked up again or walk along the coastal track to the next pick up point. Anchorage is our favourite stop with a walk to Cleopatra’s Pools and also the delightful Te Pukatea Bay. Awaroa is also a great drop off, for a walk along the beach with lunch or coffee at the Awaroa Lodge. Kayaking or sailing around the bays, camping overnight or for the real adventure seekers try canyoning with Abel Tasman Canyons.
Wilson’s –
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles –
Abel Tasman Canyons –

These are just a few of the many things there are to do and experience in this great region that we get to call home. For more inspiration checkout these links      
The official Nelson Tasman tourism website –
100 things to do in Nelson Tasman (with the link to this pdf that can be opened…)
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  — Mark Twain