For anything (and yes, we mean anything) you want to know about the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region, ask one of the friendly locals behind the desk at one of our regions Visitor Information Centres.

The i-SITE team is surprisingly diverse, and speak many languages, but they do have one important thing in common and that is that they call Nelson Tasman their home. The region is their playground, so we really mean it when we say that there’s no one better placed to help you plan your trip or answer your burning questions!

The i-SITE is a one-stop shop for discovering the best activities and accommodation for visitors and locals to experience, not only within the Nelson Tasman region, but also around New Zealand. The team of experienced travel professionals can provide advice and information and even make bookings on your behalf, for everything from activities, to accommodation, to transport and event tickets. The best part? Their expert advice is free! 

You’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection of over 100 things to see and do, places to stay, heritage and cultural activities to enjoy, walking and cycling tracks, and the best options for retail information. You will also find plenty of maps and brochures to learn about the best of what the region has to offer (as well as a selection of local artisan products to take home as souvenirs or gifts). The extensive IBIS and Bookit reservation system allow the team to access online real-time inventory and make bookings for you in any part of New Zealand (covering a whopping 80 destinations that are part of the country's i-SITE network).

With i-SITE's located around the region, from Motueka, to Takaka, you'll never be short of friendly and knowledgeable locals to provide you with the information you need to ensure your visit is a memorable one. 

23 September 2022. For the latest updates, please visit www.doc.govt.nz

Notice! Important notice to visitors.

Notice

Golden Bay Area – Wainui Falls Track – Closed

Wainui Falls Track is closed due to a series of slips and washouts.

Notice

Road closure - SH60 Tākaka Hill resurfacing

Overnight, from Sunday 2 October to Thursday 20 October, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency will close a section of State Highway 60 Tākaka Hill, between Riwaka Valley Road, Riwaka and Aaron Creek Road, Upper Tākaka, to undertake pavement (road) resurfacing works.  Alongside this, we will also do other road maintenance work, such as water channel clearing.

The road will be closed overnight, Sunday to Thursday nights, between 8.00 pm and 5.30 am from the evening of Sunday 2 October until the morning of Friday 21 October. If weather or unforeseen circumstances interfere with the planned works, the closure may be extended by three nights, from Tuesday, 25 October to the morning of Friday, 28 October.

The road will be opened at 1.00 am each night for traffic queued at the two road closure points: Aaron Creek Road and Riwaka Valley Road. For road users who wish to travel over Tākaka Hill at the 1.00 am opening, vehicles need to be at the Aaron Creek Road closure point by 12.30 am or at the Riwaka Valley Road road closure point by 1.00 am.

Notice

Abel Tasman National Park - Coast Track - temporary partial closures

Most of Abel Tasman Coast Track is open but some sections remain closed due to storm damage, which we are working to repair. Alternative routes are available for experienced trampers around some sections.
Storm damage has also caused road access issues between Wainui and Totaranui from Golden Bay. Visit the Tasman District Council website (external site) for road closures before you travel.

Abel Tasman Coast Track – Totaranui Camp – road access issues

  • Roads to Totaranui Campground and Awaroa are currently closed.
  • Contractors are making good progress on repairs and expect to have the roads open to the public by 16th September 2022 if not before.
  • During this period Totaranui campground is accessible by boat or can be reached via the northern Abel Tasman tracks.
  • Check the Tasman District Council website for up-to-date information on road works and closures in the Golden Bay area.

Abel Tasman Coast Track. Partial closures:

  • Northern end of track (Golden Bay) has limited vehicle access due to road damage. Check TDC Website for Road Works and Closures for up-to-date information.
  • All beaches and marine access remain open to kayaks and boats

Huts and Camps

All huts and campsites along the Abel Tasman Coast Track are open, but the only access to some huts and campsites is via the sea in a boat or kayak. 

Visitors can experience the track through our concessionaires, who are offering a range of kayaking, water taxi, cruise and walking options. Water taxis are still operating in both directions.

Tracks closed

  • Coquille Bay to Anchorage (Coast Track)
  • High-tide track Anchorage to Torrent Bay, including Cleopatra’s Pool Track
  • Bark Bay Hut to Medlands Beach
  • Tonga Quarry to Onetahuti

Tracks Open

  • Mārahau to Anchorage inland route - experienced trampers can use a diversion via the Inland Track. This has steep gradients, uneven surfaces and a 6-hour walking timeframe should be allowed between Mārahau and Anchorage
  • Pitt Head loop track
  • Low tide crossing Anchorage to Torrent Bay 
  • Torrent Bay to Medlands Beach
  • Bark Bay to Tonga Quarry
  • Onetahuti to Wainui

Notice

Abel Tasman Coast Track – Onetahuti Beach – Possible stream crossing

A stream has diverted across the beach just past the Onetahuti Camp, going north from Onetahuti. At high tide, the stream could be as deep as 1.5m in the middle and approximately 20m across.
Visitors who prefer not to wade should try to plan their trip within 4 hours on either side of low tide. Where this is not possible, wait and cross when the water is down to a comfortable level and allow for extra time.
Red–alert tide dates (highest perigean-spring high tides) for 2022 Nelson/Tasman: 30 October, 26-29 November, 25-29 December.

Notice

Kahurangi National Park - Cobb Road - closed again

The Cobb Road, giving access to Kahurangi National Park and the huts of Fenella, Sylvester, Balloon, Trilobite and Salisbury Lodge is now closed again.

Tasman District Council are due to reassess the closure on Monday 5 September.

Notice

Kahurangi National Park - Kaituna Track - temporary closure

The Kaituna Track has been temporarily closed following a number of slips. The track now has multiple hazards and it is important for visitors not to try and cross the slips.

 

Notice

Nelson Region - Cable Bay Walkway - temporary closure

Cable Bay Walkway, close to Nelson City, has been closed due to numerous slips and slumps on the track. The walkway crosses a working farm and stock has been impacted by the recent extreme weather event. This means that the track may not re-open for some time.

 

Nelson City

Nelson City

As of 1 July 2022, the Nelson City i-SITE has been closed.

For any inquiries, please contact us on
Phone: +64-3-548-2304
Email: visit@nelsontasman.nz

Motueka

Motueka

The Motueka i-SITE is open 9am until 4pm Monday through Friday, and 9am - 2pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, but is closed on Christmas Day. They are a Department of Conservation approved Ticketing Agent.

Phone: 64-3-528-6543
Email: info@motuekaisite.co.nz
Address: 20 Wallace St, Motueka

Golden Bay

Golden Bay

The Golden Bay Visitor Centre is open from 10 am until 2 pm Monday to Friday, closed on weekends and public holidays. Please double-check their website for current hours.

Phone: 64-3-525-9136
Email: info@goldenbaynz.co.nz
Address: 22 Willow Street, Takaka

Welcome! Please see our list of things to do Nelson Tasman or check out our suggested itineraries.

Uniquely Nelson has information on shopping, restaurants and events happening in Nelson. 

ItsOn is Nelson Tasman's official event guide.

There are plenty of options for transportation if you don't have a vehicle.

Getting to and from:

Rideshares and Uber are limited in our region, we recommend booking a taxi for shorter trips around the region. 

Nelson Taxis, Ph: 03 548 8225
Sun City Taxis, Ph: 03 548 4444

Please contact the YHA Nelson on 59 Rutherford Street, located at the entrance to Montgomery Square or call 03 545 99 88.

Nelson to Picton/Blenheim/Christchurch

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (return same days)

Nelson to Westport/Greymouth/Hokitika

Monday, Wednesday, Friday (return: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

Visit Intercity.co.nz for more information.

The Interislander and Bluebridge ferries run seven days a week, offering on average 2 to 3 sailings a day.

Book directly on Interislander.co.nz

Book directly on Bluebridge.co.nz

Sea shuttles and water taxis depart for Abel Tasman from either Marahau or Kaiteriteri.

The only boats that leave from Nelson are charted:  Seabird Charters & Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

More information on water transport in Nelson Tasman

Approximate travel time from Nelson to:

  • Mapua, 24.5km/ 21 minutes
  • Motueka, 41.7km/ 36 mins
  • Kaiteriteri, 54km/ 50 mins 
  • Marahau, 59.3km/ 58 mins
  • Takaka, 98.6km/ 1 hr 37 min
  • Collingwood, 124.5km/ 2 hr 4 mins
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