A compact yet scenically diverse area, the Tasman Bay region includes the National Parks of Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes and the famed coastline of Golden Bay. Tramping, sea kayaking, fishing, skiing, sailing, horse riding and golf are all popular activities. Looking for adventure? Try caving, hang-gliding or diving. Or sit back and join an organised trip, maybe a four wheel drive tour of the world renowned Farewell Spit, or a leisurely tour of the local vineyards, olive groves, boutique breweries and artist galleries.
The region itself has numerous opportunities for walking, mountain biking and watersports. The city is set between the attractions of the Maitai Valley and Tahunanui Beach. Richmond Forest Park is literally on its doorstep and Rabbit Island Beach a short drive away. The city provides a compact but varied shopping experience.The Saturday Outdoor Market is an essential and atmospheric stop for food, jewellery and crafts.