Nelson - Tasman

Nelson Tasman is the geographic centre of New Zealand, covering the North West area of the top of the South Island. Flight time are just 25 mins to Wellington, 85 mins to Auckland and 50 mins to Christchurch, making it easy to be connected to the rest of New Zealand and the world.

Townships, Geography and Natural Assets

At the heart of the region is Nelson City, the largest city and commercial centre across the top of the South, complemented by variety of vibrant towns and rural settlements such as Motueka, Takaka, and Mapua.

The natural assets of the region are remarkable with a combination of alpine and coastal landscapes incorporating three highly-accessible national parks (Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes), all within 90 minutes of the city.

Arts and Artisans

There is so much to explore creatively in Nelson, it is well worth stopping in at the Nelson i-Site to pick up an Art Trail guide and individual artist information for those with home galleries.

  • We can arrange a private tour of some of the best Artists & Galleries in the Region,

Savour and Devour the Region

Take the 45 minute drive from Nelson through Motueka and on to Riwaka and you will drive by some of the most fertile countryside in New Zealand.

  • Nelson is the only hop producing area of NZ – try the Beer Trail
  • There are excellent vineyards such as Gravity Wines & Neudorf Vineyards
  • There are excellent restaurants dotted throughout the region. We will supply you with the best options while you are in the region.

Explore a National Park

Two of New Zealand’s ten Great Walks are located in the Nelson Tasman Region.

The Heaphy Track can be hiked and MTB at certain times of the year and the iconic Abel Tasman National Park explore the Abel Tasman by foot, kayak, cruise or sail.

Active Relaxers


  • Nelson is home to the Mountainbike obsessed, rated as ‘Gold’ one of only six regions in the world to receive that designation from IMBA. The bike park at Kaiteriteri Beach offers many hours of rides.

Cycle Trails

  • There is now a huge circuit of linked cycle pathways from Nelson through to Kaiteriteri. Hire and e-bike, join a tour and enjoy the fresh air and chances to stop along the route for lunch, a beer or an icecream. We can arrange transfers and pickups.
The Scenic Way
  • The Coastline The Nelson Tasman region  is blessed with a vast coastline with swimmable beaches including the local Nelson beach at Tahunanui or the beginning of the golden sands at Kaiteriteri that stretch up the Abel Tasman coastline.
  • the Rivers If you prefer fresh to salt water then you have come to the river mecca of New Zealand. These include: The Maiti, Aniseed Valley, Motueka River, Takaka River and many more

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