Our Pick of Nelson’s Top 5 Must-Do Activities

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Nelson, located in the top of the South Island of New Zealand, is a city that is rich in culture, the arts and history, located in a region of stunning scenery with a wealth of outdoor activities. Whether you’re a nature lover, art buff, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Nelson Tasman has something for everyone.

Here are some of the must-do activities to add to your itinerary when visiting Nelson Tasman:

1. Explore Abel Tasman National Park. This stunning national park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand, and for good reason. Located within a hour’s drive from Nelson, it offers visitors a chance to explore the pristine beaches, aqua clear waters, and native bush in the area. Visitors can take a boat tour, go kayaking, or hike the Abel Tasman Coast Track—a once-in-a-lifetime with half-day to five-day hi king options through some of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand.

2. Visit the Nelson Saturday Market. The Nelson Market is a must-see for anyone interested in local produce, art and crafts. Held every Saturday, it’s a great way to experience the local culture and taste some of the delicious food and drink that the region has to offer. Visitors can find everything from fresh produce, artisan cheeses and handcrafted goods to live music and street performers. A wonderful way to begin a winning weekend!

3. Go wine tasting in the Nelson region. Nelson Tasman is home to more than 30 wineries and is known for producing some of the finest wines in New Zealand. Visitors can take a tour of the wineries, taste the different varieties and learn all about the extensive wine-making process. Some wineries also offer food and wine pairing experiences, which are a great way to experience the flavours of the region. One notable mention is Moutere Hills, located about a 30-minute drive from Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park. Their on-site restaurant, Forsters, is open from Tuesday until Sunday for lunch and on Fridays for dinner. You’ll experience superior cuisine accompanied by wonderful wines from the boutique vineyard—all enjoyed in a picture-perfect setting.

4. Visit the Suter Art Gallery. The Suter Art Gallery is a must-see for anyone interested in art and creativity. Located within 10 minutes’ drive from our Nelson holiday park, in the central city beside Queens Gardens, the gallery features a wide range of works by local and international artists. Some of our favourites are the beautiful watercolours by nineteenth-century landscape artist John Gully and the collection of gorgeous ceramics. If you’re looking for something special to take home or perhaps a gift for a loved one, visit the gallery shop and browse through the selection of unique homewares, jewellery, books and more. And when you’re finished browsing, pause for a cuppa and a bite to eat overlooking the Gardens at the Suter Cafe.

5. Make a difference by visiting the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary. The eco Sanctuary is a community project with the aim of restoring the 690 hectares of lush podocarp forest and native bush, and reintroducing endangered or lost species. Just 15 minutes’ from Tahuna Beach Holiday Park (or 5km from Nelson city), it is the largest fenced sanctuary in the South Island. The myriad of walking tracks for visitors includes the 45-minute Loop Track suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Loads of educational stops, including ‘hotels’ for the native giant wētā (kids’ love them!). Immerse yourself in nature and allow your mind to still. All the money from your entry fee goes into funding this on-going conservation effort, so an attraction with both short- and long-term benefits 😊.

These are just a few of the many activities and attractions that Nelson has to offer. Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture, or relaxation, Nelson is a destination that is sure to please. So pack your bags and head to Nelson for an unforgettable New Zealand experience.