If you have up to half a day, you’ll need to focus your efforts, and what better way to refuel and reward than by tasting your way around a thoroughly extraordinary gourmet haven?
Treat yourself to a tour of the region's artisan fare and delight your senses along the way with craft breweries, cellar doors, restaurants, chocolatiers and famous cheeses in cute artisan shops. These outstanding artisan pioneers have built their lives and businesses across the region, from the city centre to seaside villages, and roadside stalls to factory experiences, and there are many guided tours guaranteed to delight your taste and olfactory senses!
If you just feel like a simple ‘there, stop and back’ experience, nowhere says relaxation quite like Mapua Wharf, where you can wander between boutique stores at your leisure, indulge at the wine bar, dine at quality restaurants, visit the craft beer brewery, or simply grab yourself some famous fish and chips from the historical Smokehouse. On the way back, savour the opportunity to visit some award-winning cellar doors, tasting the vast flavours of the region and selecting a special bottle to take back home with you.
Alternatively, spoil your group with a scenic helicopter flight out to a lodge in the Abel Tasman, or further afield to admire Lake Rotomaiwhenua, the clearest lake in the world. If you have Lord of the Rings fans in your group, a majestic mountain in the Kahurangi National Park could be calling your name.
With a vast selection of golf courses across the region, you could challenge the group to a round of golf. Nelson City, Maitai, Richmond, Tasman, Motueka and Takaka – the choice and the course type are as diverse as the stunning views – so much so it may distract you from getting a hole in one, but we promise they're worth it!