Nelson & the Abel Tasman

An island paradise right here at home


This region is part of New Zealand, but it certainly doesn't feel like it! In Abel Tasman National Park, arguably one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, you wouldn't be the only traveller to feel as though you were holidaying on a Pacific island. The golden hues of the sandy bays and the deep blue water you'll find here truly have to be seen to be believed. It's the smallest National Park in New Zealand, yet its scenery attracts a wealth of visitors every year; the Abel Tasman Coastal Track is the most popular Great Walk in the country. Hike a section or all of the five-day trail, or give your tired legs a rest with a stint in a sea kayak. This region also encompasses Kahurangi National Park, home to the diverse Heaphy Track and Mount Owen, along with the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park.  

We don't expect you'll get sick of the scenery, but if you tire of being out and about all day head to Nelson to explore farmers' markets and handcrafted local products, or to Motueka to enjoy the cafe culture and boutique shopping. Then head back outside for a spot of fishing, boating or water skiing on Lake Rotoiti, or ski down the slopes at Rainbow Ski Field during the colder months. 

 

 

Things you should know about Nelson & the Abel Tasman

The Nelson region receives the highest amount of sunshine in New Zealand, beating both Marlborough and Hawke's Bay.

Abel Tasman anchored in Golden Bay in 1642, naming it "Murderer's Bay" after a violent skirmish with Māori. 

Mount Owen in Kahurangi National Park is home to the longest cave system in New Zealand. 

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

Check out some live music at the Roots bar, try some locally brewed beer at the Mussel Inn or some tasty local seafood at the Curry Leaf or The Brigand.
Stacey Trewavas
World Travellers Motueka
The Tasman area is a untouched wonderland with many outdoor activities. Some highlights are the bike trails at Mapua Wharf, beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach, winery & golf tours, kayaking, and tandem sky diving at Skydive Abel Tasman.
Dave Whitaker
World Travellers Motueka
Abel Tasman National Park is a beautiful place. You can kayak on the Motueka River, climb Mt Arthur or Mt Owen, or go to beautiful Golden Bay. You would need a month to see what’s on offer here.
Jeremy Matthews
World Travellers Motueka
There are plenty of bike/walk activities from the Heaphy Track, Pupu Springs, Farewell Spit or Wainui Falls. Head for a horse trek out Puponga, walk barefoot along the golden sands at Tata Beach or catch a fresh salmon at Anatoki Salmon for your lunch, awesome experience and tasty!
Stacey Trewavas
World Travellers Motueka

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