With a range of family-friendly attractions dotted around the region, from the city right through to the bay, we guarantee that the kids will be in their element on your visit here to Nelson Tasman.
Depending on the day you arrive, you can start the day with a factory tour at Pic’s World of Peanut Butter. As your tour guide enlightens you with Pic’s extraordinary story, you’ll get to watch as the peanuts tumble out of the roaster, get squeezed through the grinder and pumped into jars, before being sent off down the conveyor belts to be transported to peanut butter lovers the world over.
But if you don’t happen to arrive on a weekend, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on a morning of fun. For nearby in Cable Bay, a wealth of adventures awaits, where children, both big and small, will revel in the delight of mud-rides, quad-biking and more. The afternoon calls for a drive out on the coastal highway toward Mapua and the Ruby Coast. Here, stop in at the Jester House, where a whimsical world of giant chess boards, eel feeding, mazes and mosaic animals will keep the children entertained whilst the adults enjoy a delicious alfresco lunch.
This afternoon, head out to the Mapua Wharf for some fun in the sun. With a jetty ideal for an afternoon dip, locally made icecream on hand, and the best fish and chips imaginable, you're all set for the rest of the day. If you're looking for a slice of adventure, hire some bikes from the wharf and spend some time cycling around this picturesque seaside destination.
The second day will have you travelling a short distance to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, where you can choose between a wealth of family friendly activities. Start the morning with a Waka trip out to Split Apple Rock, weaving around the coastline on board the Maori canoe, learning about the history of the park and revelling in the stunning surroundings. Or, hop on board a scenic cruise out to one of the sheltered bays nearby, passing first the Tonga Island Marine Reserve for some wildlife-spotting. After an afternoon on the beach, you’ll cruise back to Kaiteriteri for a game of mini golf and some burgers on the waterfront, the perfect way to end your family holiday.
See below for the list of operators featuring in this itinerary.