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To visit Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafes, artists and..
Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this bountiful, temperate region had been home to Māori for many centuries. Today Nelson has the..
The Southern Alps find their beginning in Nelson Lakes National Park, 102,000 hectares of mountains and freshwater habitats south of Nelson City. Two beautiful alpine lakes, Rotoiti and..
It would be hard to imagine a more perfect piece of coastline - clear turquoise waters, golden beaches, interesting rocky headlands, lush native forest and all kinds of interesting..
Before you lay eyes on Golden Bay, you'll enjoy an amazingly scenic road journey. The long, slow climb over Takaka Hill, known as 'marble mountain', is the first challenge. There are..
Mostly within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park, the Abel Tasman Coast Track combines all the joys of forest walking with the blissful relaxation of beach combing. From end to..
Situated at the western end of State Highway 60, Collingwood is a quiet town, but there’s plenty to do if you love nature. From here you can launch yourself onto the Heaphy Track in the..
Situated at the extreme northern tip of the South Island, Farewell Spit stretches more than 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Maori name..
The Kahurangi National Park protects the north western tip of the South Island. The park includes the Department of Conservation's longest hiking trail - the famous Heaphy Track - which..
Spectacular bluffs and steep hillsides provide a dramatic backdrop to Horoirangi Marine Reserve, which is north of Nelson city along the eastern side of Tasman Bay. The 904ha reserve..
Our second largest national park, Kahurangi has a wonderfully diverse landscape and is home to many of the plant and animal species that make New Zealand unique. Much of the park is..
Follow the trail of the Lord of the Rings' moviemakers around some of the most scenic locations in Nelson. Start with the art and craft trail, where the characters are as colourful as their..
Marahau guards the eastern entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park. Here you can book water taxis, hire kayaks or set off on the Coastal Track. The settlement offers a range of backpacker..
Over the harvest months, Motueka is a busy town. The local pip fruit and hops growers employ seasonal labour which swells the population, and many visitors use the town as a supply point..
Murchison calls itself the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, because there are rivers everywhere – the Gowan, Mangles, Matiri, Glenroy, Matakitaki, Maruia and the mighty Buller...
Just south of Nelson, the town of Richmond is a service centre for the farms, orchards and vineyards of the Waimea Plains. Pip fruit and berries are grown here, as well as hops for the beer..
The village of St Arnaud sits at the edge of Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson region, providing an ideal base for people who plan to hike or fish in Nelson Lakes National Park. At the local..
Takaka is located at the south eastern end of Golden Bay in the Nelson region. With a community that includes many alternative lifestylers, it’s a town full of character. There’s a..
One of the major attractions of Abel Tasman National Park, Tonga Island Marine Reserve includes sandy beaches, boulder headlands, rocky reefs and small estuaries. The reserve is named for..
The Treasured Pathway is a self-guided scenic drive through Marlborough and Nelson. The journey begins in the port town of Picton, where the inter-island ferry provides a connection between..
Golden Bay and the South Island's northwest coast are renowned for their diverse and ancient landforms, endemic plants, abundant birdlife and outstanding scenery.
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