8 Great Reasons to Visit Nelson

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The stunning Awaroa estuary in Abel Tasman

Visit the Nelson Rotary Motorhome Show

Looking at buying or selling a motorhome, campervan or caravan, want to improve your current motorhome, or just curious to see what life could be like if you owned a motorhome? Then head to the Rotary Motorhome Show at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park, Nelson, on November 28 and 29 from 10am to 4pm. The Rotary Motorhome Show 2020 will feature exhibitions from New Zealand’s leading motorhome, campervan and caravan suppliers and designers, as well as new and used privately owned motorhomes for sale and lease.

Discover the Abel Tasman National Park

Renowned for its stunning golden sands, sweeping granite coastline, lush native bush and crystal-clear waters, a visit to the Abel Tasman National Park is a must-do for every New Zealander. What’s more, this pristine paradise can be explored in your own way, and at your own pace. So, whether you fancy a multi-day hike along the spectacular Abel Tasman Coastal Track, or if a short scenic cruise or kayak is more your style, you’ll find something to suit your interests here.

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Glassblowing Studio – Flame Daisy

Explore the region’s art and history

Go back in time with a visit to Nelson’s South Street, New Zealand’s oldest fully preserved street, or spend the afternoon at Founders Heritage Park, where character buildings house passionate artisan businesses, and windmills, freighter planes and red railway trains form just part of the scenery. Make your way around the art galleries and studios that stretch from the city through to the bay, including the ceramicists, sculptors and artists in Upper Moutere and the Coolstore Gallery in Mapua.

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Choco Loco artisan chocolates in Takaka

Stroll around the weekend markets

Immerse yourself in the natural abundance of Nelson Tasman at the weekend markets, which are held on Saturdays in Nelson City, or on Sundays in Motueka. A drawcard for locals and visitors alike, the markets showcase the extraordinary artists and artisans that call the region home, and offer ample opportunity to get a taste for Nelson Tasman’s unique culture. A selection of boutique stalls and food carts adorn the car parks, offering everything from goat milk soap to handcrafted jewellery, manuka honey, chutneys and the worldfamous Pic’s Peanut Butter.

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A fun day out on the Dun Mountain Trail

Go on a cycling adventure

A network of leisurely cycle trails and mountain-bike parks dissect the Nelson Tasman region, each offering new sights, sounds and experiences for those who choose to explore them. Whether it’s the panoramic vistas from the top of the Dun Mountain Trail, the lush native forest canopy that shelters the Wairoa Gorge mountain-bike park, or the spectacular coastal scenery of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, there are endless discoveries to be made. The Great Taste Trail holds the title of one of New Zealand’s Great Rides, and can be broken down into smaller sections that are suitable for families or riders out for a leisurely cycle.


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Stacking up the craft beers at Marchfest

Sample a craft beer, cider or wine

Whether you’re visiting one of the region’s 11 craft breweries, tasting your way around the 28 cellar doors, or simply kicking back at one of the spectacular waterfront restaurants, you can’t visit Nelson Tasman without sampling a selection of local artisan beverages. The consistently sunny climate and fertile soils result in high-quality ingredients that passionate artisan producers then craft into something truly extraordinary for the taste buds.

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Dining at Jellyfish Restaurant and Bar at Mapua Wharf

Dine and unwind at Mapua Wharf

A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Mapua Wharf is a pedestrian-only precinct known for its sophisticated shops, boutique galleries, waterfront eateries and artisan bars. Peruse the art, sculpture, and jewellery collections located in the Coolstore Gallery, indulge in local flavours at the wine bar or brewery, or simply relax by the seaside with some delectable cuisine, looking on as elated children plunge from the edge of the jetty into the waters below.

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The jetty at popular Lake Rotoiti

Visit the Nelson Lakes National Park

The Nelson Lakes are truly picture-perfect all year round. The National Park can be accessed from the alpine village of St Arnaud, where 16 glacial lakes lie among undulating mountains, just waiting to be discovered. The most popular (and most accessible) is Lake Rotoiti, offering a range of leisurely lakeside walks through forest alive with birdsong. As the enchanting calls of tuis and bellbirds echo through the treetops, day walkers will be treated to the spectacular scenery and wonderful waterfalls that this little pocket of paradise is renowned for.

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