Nelson Tasman is the kind of place that takes your breath away.

Known for its remarkable combination of coastal and alpine landscapes, each spectacular corner of the Nelson Tasman region is a destination in its own right, and it's worth planning time into your itinerary to truly immerse yourself into everything the Top of the South has to offer. 

From the picturesque beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, to the glacial surroundings that abound at Nelson Lakes, right out to the rugged wilderness of Kahurangi, the vistas on offer are truly extraordinary.

What's more, Nelson Tasman's abundant soils and superb natural resources have established the region as a true foodie destination. Whether it's wholesome wines, crisp ciders or brilliant brews you're looking for, you'll find it all right here served alongside delicious local cuisine. 

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

Camp under the stars, while away the days in a beautifully appointed lodge, walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track, and feel the sand between your toes as you walk along spectacular golden sand beaches. It’s all possible in the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest and most popular national park.

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Kahurangi National Park

Kahurangi National Park

The meaning behind the name ‘Kahurangi’ is ‘treasured possession’, the perfect way to describe New Zealand’s second-largest national park, spanning 450,000 hectares from Golden Bay in the North, to Murchison in the South, right across to the spectacular and wild West Coast.

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Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri

At any time of the year, standing on Kaiteriteri beach in the morning sun looking out at the bay will make your spirit soar. While it’s the perfect place to begin your journey by sea into the Abel Tasman National Park, it’s also the perfect place to linger, relax, and enjoy this truly stunning part of Nelson Tasman.

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Mapua & Ruby Coast

Mapua & Ruby Coast

A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Mapua and the Ruby Coast provide beautiful settings to enjoy a meal by the sea and a wander through boutique shops, galleries, and breweries. Mapua Wharf has pedestrian-only areas that give it a relaxed and continental feel, and we guarantee that once you arrive you won't want to leave.

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Marahau

Marahau

Marahau is one of the two beautiful stepping off points for the Abel Tasman National Park, and walkers can embark on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track from here. In Marahau, activity begins as the sun rises, with early morning kayakers departing, oars seamlessly dipping in and out of the sea, whilst others simply take in the serenity of the place with a freshly-made coffee in hand.

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Motueka

Motueka

Motueka is the perfect place to stop on your way to and from the Abel Tasman National Park. It’s a sun kissed, vibrant small town, with roadside berry stalls to indulge in during the summer months and an abundance of local craft breweries and artisan products to enjoy all year round.

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Moutere

Moutere

Delicious cheeses, traditional cider made from real cider apples, aromatic, crisp and resonant wines… The Moutere provides abundant proof that Nelson Tasman is about so much more than golden sand beaches.

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Murchison

Murchison

Are you a thrill seeker? Then Murchison has to be on your itinerary. The Murchison four rivers plain offers some of the best all-grades white water kayaking and rafting in New Zealand, and has been named as one of the Top 10 white water destinations in the world.

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Nelson & Tahunanui

Nelson & Tahunanui

Known as a vibrant and welcoming city, Nelson is (quite literally) at the heart of the country and is easily accessible from other main centres around the country. Offering some of the regions most spectacular shopping, dining and outdoor experiences, it's no wonder Nelson is the place many visitors choose to spend their getaways.

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Richmond & Surrounds

Richmond & Surrounds

Conveniently close to so many of our region’s outdoor experience highlights, Richmond is also a bustling shopping and popular indoor entertainment location. It’s the perfect place to base yourself to enjoy mountain biking, road cycling, beaches, and walking trails but also has the area’s best indoor pool complex and the largest shopping centre in the Top of the South.

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St Arnaud & Nelson Lakes National Park

St Arnaud & Nelson Lakes National Park

If outdoor adventures are what you’re looking for, Nelson Lakes is the place for you. Day walkers can enjoy leisurely lakeside walks, whilst more serious hikers can head off on a journey through alpine landscapes, glacial lakes, tarns, beech forests, and undulating valleys. Meanwhile, boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming and kayaking are all popular activities for those who want to get amongst the water-based surroundings.

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Stoke

Stoke

Located just minutes from the centre of Nelson City, Stoke has plenty to offer for visitors and families looking for something a little extraordinary. The township has a relaxed feel, and plenty of beautiful scenery, walks and cycle trails to explore, putting you in the right frame of mind to discover just what this part of the world has to offer.

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Takaka & Golden Bay

Takaka & Golden Bay

Nelson Tasman locals and people from all around New Zealand have a deep love for Takaka and Golden Bay, and it’s easy to see why. With an incredibly vibrant and arty community at its heart, Takaka is known for welcoming visitors as one of their own, and it’s not uncommon to leave having made a bunch of new lifelong friends.

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