Day Trips in the Nelson Region

A world of arts and crafts. Pick up a some local artwork at the nelson saturday market. Vist the many artists‘ studios in Nelson, Mapua, Motueka and Golden Bay or stop by the world of wearableart™ & classic cars museum for some surreal costumes

Visit the local vineyards with their great café lunches or enjoy a seafood feast at a seafront café with a million dollar view. Join a wine appreciation or barista workshop and learn new recipes in a cooking class. Drive or cycle through the scenic Moutere hills, known as the tasman taste trail among the orchards, hops and olive groves.

Nelson is a renowned centre of wellness. Take advantage of the great therapists attracted to the area by its special energy. Book a massage at the resurgence.

nelson region art wine cycle    Nelson Region Picture Perfect

Activities Nelson Abel Tasman

Nelson Artists

Nelson is one of New Zealand‘s leading art destinations. Galleries and studios are dotted throughout the region. Take a guided tour or borrow our guide book for a self-drive tour.

Nelson Wine, Gourmet & Saturday Market

Nelson has a vibrant Saturday market featuring local art and gourmet produce. Take a guided or self-drive tour of the wineries and gourmet producers and stop at one of the many cafés.

Great Taste Cylce Trail

Nelson‘s new cycle trail along the coast and through rolling hills has options for all levels of fitness. Hire a bike at Mapua and take the ferry across to Rabbit Island.


Many of the best therapists live in the region due to its alternative beginnings and the energies of the limestone.

$ $0-$149 / $$ $150-$249 / $$$ $250+

”You‘ll find lot‘s to do in the Nelson area“

kayaking in the Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman National Park - Totranui
luxury boat cruise in Abel Tasman

Self-drive wine & art tours $

Take a copy of the local art or wine guides and select a few that interest you. Drive through beautiful scenery and meet the artists and wine-makers.

nelson is a foodie paradise

luxury guided fully supported $$$

A private fully supported cycling experience on the bike of your choice. Combo wine tasting and cycling tours.$$$.

Gourmet heli flights

Private guided tours $$$

If you want to visit key local artists or wine-makers and learn more about the local scene, take an informative private day tour to get behind the scenes.

private art tour

Bike hire $

Several local companies rent bikes and organise transfers. Rabbit Island has gentle wooded cycle tracks and your trip ends at Mapua where you can have lunch on the wharf.

luxury cycle tour

WoW $

World of Wearable Arts™ is a Nelson art college creation with intricate costumes from recycled materials. Exhibits are displayed amongst a vintage car collection and film from the annual shows plays on the big screen.

Gourmet heli flights

Wellness $$

We offer a range of massages and therapies. Advance booking is essential.

lodge with massage therapies

Gourmet Helicopter Experience $$$

Fly to the top of a mountain or to a deserted island and have your personal chef cook your catch!

Gourmet heli flights

Craft beer $

Riwaka is the centre of the New Zealand hop industry and Nelson has many micro-breweries. Hop Federation in Riwaka do tasting paddles so you can decide which beer to take home!

riwaka beer
kayaking in the Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman National Park - Totranui
luxury boat cruise in Abel Tasman