Day Trips in the Nelson Area

Abel Tasman & Kahurangi National Parks

For the outdoor enthusiast, the easily accessible Abel Tasman is a mecca for kayaking, hiking, boat trips & marine animals. Stunningly beautiful beaches and turquoise seas.

Kahurangi National Park offers an unspoilt wilderness of mountain and forest walks, birding & ecology. Alpine, tussock, tablelands and beech forest with interesting botony.

Nelson Art, Wine & Cycle Trails

Surrounding Nelson, the Moutere, Mapua & Motueka areas offer wine, art and cycle trails.

Nelson‘s Great Taste Trail is a network of cycle tracks along the coast, through winery country and over rolling hillsides onto Rabbit Island's forest trails. Gentle or serious rides.

Many artists have settled in the area for its great light and the Moutere clay and they work from studios around the region - take our self-drive tour or with a private guide.

Nelson wineries are small and scenic, often meeting the winemaker at the cellar door. Take our self-drive tour, cycle or go with a private guide or small-group tour.

Golden Bay & Middle Earth

Many scenes from the Hobbit were filmed on Takaka Hill around Ngaru Caves, Caanan Downs and in Golden Bay. This area has a relaxed alternative lifestyle with beaches, walks, horse treks, art, birds. Enjoyed as a self-drive day trip or on a guided Hobbit tour or with a private guide. Visit Farewell Spit, Pupu Springs & Wharariki Beach.

Kayaking & Boat Trips

Sea kayaking, kayak & walk, cruise or sail the Abel Tasman.

Hiking & Birding

Kahurangi National Park, Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Harwoods Hole, Golden Bay. Guided walks, birding & conservation trips.

Cyling & Mountain Biking

Great Taste Trail, Ramaka Track, guided cycle tour, MTB park.

Art & Wine

Artists studios, wineries, craft beer, behind the scenes tours, Nelson market, World of Wearable Arts and artisan produce.

Hobbit & LOTR Film sites

Chetwood Forest, the cave, Rivendell, Drimrill Dale, the ring....

Pamper & Luxury

Helicopter to a remote beach with Michelin Star chef, private wine tasting, massage therapies, luxury boat charter.

Horse Treks, Sky Dive, Canyoning & more...

With so many choices 3 or 4 days in the area is recommended.


”Abel Tasman, Golden Bay, Farewell Spit and Nelson provided perfect days“

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