Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this..Nelson Lakes National Park Information
The Southern Alps find their beginning in Nelson Lakes National Park, 102,000 hectares of mountains..Abel Tasman National Park Information
It would be hard to imagine a more perfect piece of coastline - clear turquoise waters, golden..Golden Bay Information
Before you lay eyes on Golden Bay, you'll enjoy an amazingly scenic road journey. The long, slow..Abel Tasman Coast Track Information
Mostly within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park, the Abel Tasman Coast Track combines all..See all locations in Nelson Region
Golden Bay and the South Island's northwest coast are renowned for their diverse and ancient landforms, endemic plants, abundant birdlife and outstanding scenery.
Westhaven (Whanganui Inlet) is part of this paradise. It is one of the largest and least modified estuaries in the country. An uninterrupted sequence of plant life, from forest to salt marsh, helps to maintain the estuary's overall health and supports a great diversity of life.
Much of the inlet is bordered by coastal forest, including kahikatea, pukatea, rata, beech, rimu and nikau palm. Eelgrass beds, salt marshes, tidal wetlands, dunes, cliffs, islands, rock platforms and underwater reefs are all found at Westhaven and are important habitats for a variety of species.
Approximately 30 species of marine fish use the inlet at some stage of their life history. It is an important breeding and nursery area for snapper, flatfish, kahawai and whitebait. Many fish enter the estuary to take advantage of the rich food supply found in the eelgrass beds and intertidal sandflats.
Westhaven is the second most important tidal area in the Nelson/Marlborough region for wading birds, particularly godwit, knot and oyster catcher. It is also the only site on the west coast of the South Island where the threatened banded rail finds a home.
To drive to Westhaven, follow the road from Collingwood to Farewell Spit, taking the left-hand fork just north of Pakawau. The wildlife management reserve is about six kilometres on, just beyond the turn off to Kaihoka Lakes. Continue on along Dry Road, which leads around the inlet to Mangarakau.
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the..Milford Sound Information
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by..Christchurch - Canterbury Information
Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent..Fiordland Information
Watch the mountains shake off winter and start to warm up for summer. Waterfalls are invigorated..Dunedin Information
The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, consequently it has one of the best..Otago Peninsula Information
Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on..Akaroa Information
An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting..Doubtful Sound Information
Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest (421 metres) and second..Tauranga Bay Information
n the coastline about 16km south west of Westport, you will find Tauranga Bay and the Cape Foulwind..Marlborough Information
Marlborough is full of activities for you to enjoy. No matter your budget and interests, there is..Hokitika Information
Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It was an..Central Otago Information
Central Otago is a region touched by history, with a powerful landscape of ancient mountains..Dunedin - Coastal Otago Information
Dunedin’s legendary gardens at Glenfalloch and Larnach Castle, are a profusion of colour and..Lake Wanaka Information
Lake Wanaka is a place to take a deep breath and relax. Protected from the outside world by the..Southland Information
Southland comes to life in spring. Crisp frosty mornings give way to bright sunny days. Bird life..See all locations in South Island