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.