Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park has hosted great holidays for over eight decades. In 2016 we celebrated our 90th anniversary, commemorating the beginning of the Tāhuna Sands Association’s development of the site back in 1926.

A Gale Day at Tahuna

Home of New Zealand’s most memorable holidays since 1926

Nelson City Council first acquired the land that Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park & Motel occupies in 1910 for the sum of three hundred and five pounds, 12 shillings and six pence.

The Tāhuna Sands Association took over responsibility for the development of the area in 1926 and in only the first two years, access to the beach was improved and the first facilities were provided such as changing sheds, a playground and a kiosk. This was the start of the historic camping ground we operate today.


A Gala Day at Tahuna, Nelson, circa 1918. Nelson Provincial Museum, F N Jones Collection: 309923

Tahunanui Motor Camp

Almost 80 years ago, over the summer of 1938-39, 700 holidaymakers camped on site – the beginning of a summer holiday tradition that has continued to this day for many generations of families. Holidaymakers and travelers enjoy Tāhuna Beach Holiday Park so much, they keep coming back – one of our guests has stayed every year for the past 66 years.


Tahunanui Motor Camp. Nelson Provincial Museum, Ellis Dudgeon Collection: 211639

Tahuna Sands

Meanwhile, Nelson city has developed, around the Holiday Park, into one of New Zealand’s most loved holiday destinations – and we are only a short distance away from the gateway to three incredible natural playgrounds including the world-renowned Abel Tasman National Park.


Tahuna Sands, circa 1940. Nelson Provincial Museum, Kingsford Collection: 160970

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