The major calling card for visiting the Nelson Tasman region is the extraordinary Abel Tasman National Park, renowned for its golden sands, crystal-clear waters and lush native forest. So if you're looking for inspiration for your group, look no further, because we've got you covered with 1 hour, half day and full day options for everyone to enjoy.
With only a couple of hours downtime, you would need to be based close to the Abel Tasman National Park or one of its gateways - Kaiteriteri, Marahau or Motueka.
An obvious activity is a fantastic lunch by the seaside and a stroll along the golden sand, but depending on the time of day you could still enjoy a taste of the famous Abel Tasman National Park and its extraordinary coastline. Take a short trip up the coast by boat or water taxi, or simply venture out into the bay by kayak or paddleboard. There are endless options for guided or self-guided kayaking out to the world famous Split Apple Rock, but the lagoon that weaves behind the beach is also worth exploring at high tide.
If you are a very small group and wish to really treat yourself, you could also take a short, scenic helicopter flight over the National Park. Take in it's spectacular beauty as you fly over 22,530 hectares of lush native forest, crescent shaped bays, and sweeping granite coastline, daydreaming about a return trip in the near future.
A half day in this stunning paradise will allow your group the opportunity to enjoy more of the Park and its stunning bays, vistas and friendly locals – including seals and their cheeky pups!
Ensuring you allow for travel time, hop on board a scheduled tour and venture up the extraordinary coastline, stopping off at any bay of your choice for a stroll along the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Rivers, beaches, swing-bridges and waterfalls provide endless entertainment for day walkers, and there are always new discoveries to be made. Alternatively, if walking isn't your thing, a simple but totally unforgettable option is to enjoy a boat trip from Kaiteriteri or Marahau up to Totoranui and back, with packed picnic refreshments on the way. If you've chartered a boat for your group, they can offer delicious local cuisine catering to your requirements.
Any of the options in the 1-2 hour itinerary option can be extended, giving a deeper and more memorable experience of your time in this pristine paradise. So whether it's a short hike between picturesque bays, a fun kayaking trip around the beautiful islands, or skydiving from great heights, your group is guaranteed to have an extraordinary time in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Get the full Abel Tasman experience with a whole day in the park. Book your transport or transfer to Kaiteriteri or Marahau and enjoy the stunning and world-renowned Abel Tasman National Park in any number of ways; cruising, sailing, kayaking, hiking, canyoning or flying, or a mix of them all!
One of the most popular options for groups is to cruise part of the majestic coastline and disembark for lunch at one of the beachfront lodges, or to kayak to Split Apple Rock and beyond before taking a short stroll amongst lush native bush. Hiking is an excellent way to earn your indulgence and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this extraordinary place. The beauty of the Abel Tasman is that it is so accessible, making any combination of trips possible to ensure your group has a truly unforgettable experience. A cruise past the seal colony at Tonga Island Marine Reserve is a must on the way! These protected and delightful locals are a joy to behold.
A full day or more really allows for a 3-dimensional experience of the Abel Tasman National Park. Take in the spectacular scenery from above by sky-diving over the beautiful gold and teal coastline, from Kaiteriteri in the South to Wainui Bay in the North. If a sky-high adventure isn't for you, then why not venture out on the water? Cruise, kayak or water taxi to a plethora of bays and beaches along the track, or if a unique cultural experience sounds intriguing to you, take a group journey aboard a waka. You'll gain an understanding of the tangata whenua, treasured heritage sites, and the flora and fauna that call the Abel Tasman home, inspiring a culture of care with operators and visitors alike.
Most conference or incentive groups mix it up, with a taste of cruising, hiking or kayaking and an overnight lodge stay if time permits, and most operators offer sailings and packages that accommodate the full mix.