Hiking, Sylvestor Lakes, Nelson, Kahurangi National Park  © Nathan Hollis via Flickr

About The Nelson Region

Nelson boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Close to town visit Tahunanui - a shallow swimming beach, especially good for children. A little further afield try Kaiteriteri, Golden Bay, or Collingwood - golden, sunny and serene. Simply perfect.

Nelson Arts, Crafts and Cuisine

Focused on fun, Nelson bursts with art galleries, workshops, cafes and boutiques.  The town centre offers a host of fine cuisine, decadent delights and colourful artwork, whilst local craftspeople show their wares at the weekend market, and street performers inject some zest into the mix.

Nelson also has a thriving brewery culture, and is also known as the craft brewing capital of New Zealand, with 18 breweries located in the area.

The Nelson region was one of the filming locations for the Hobbit films. In addition to this, a local Jeweller, Gold and Silversmith  in Nelson - Jens Hansen - created the ring for the Lord of the Rings movies!

The wonderful World of Wearable Art (WOW) Museum – an outrageous collection of former WOW Award pieces – is a must-see attraction (with an adjoining Collectible Cars exhibit to keep the blokes happy!)

National Parks Aplenty

An area rich in natural spectacle, three of New Zealand’s top National Parks are also found in the Nelson region: Kahurangi National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park and Abel Tasman National Park.

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park.  Translated to mean “treasured possession”, Kahurangi is the location of one of the country’s most famed walks – the Heaphy Track. 

Nelson Lakes, further inland, is a spectacular region with vast waterways, heavily forested mountains and picturesque St Arnaud alpine village.

Abel Tasman National Park is the region’s most stunning reserve, and a coastal playground of immense beauty.  Small in size, but big on beauty, many visitors choose to sea kayak around the park’s edges – truly magical.

Other popular regional destinations include the wetlands and birdlife of Farewell Spit and the bohemian retreat of Takaka. Golden Bay is a laid back area famous for its beaches and people. Take a trip out to the impressive Wharariki Beach or the palm fringed Kaihoka Lakes.

 Cold Water Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



From funky backpackers to luxury lodges and everything in between, Nelson offers an array of affordable, exceptional - often waterfront - accommodation. 

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 Water taxi, Abel Tasman National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



The Nelson region is spoiled for choice when it comes to activities. Three popular national parks are located nearby, offering visitors an array of options.

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