Nelson Activities

Nelson is filled with mixture of activities to choose from, three national parks, year round events and great food and wine to enjoy.

National Parks in Nelson

Nelson is the gateway to three of New Zealand’s most beautiful national parks.  Abel Tasman National Park is a top kayaking location with crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and native bush.  The walk through the park is one of the Great Walks in New Zealand and the 53 km track is easily accessed on a three to five day journey.   Nelson Lakes National Park is filled with beautiful alpine vista with lakes, beech forests, and rivers.  There are several different walks to choose from to explore the area where you can see the bellbirds, waterfalls, and valleys.  Kahurangi National Park stretches from the West Coast to Golden Bay and is New Zealand’s second largest national park.  The Heaphy Track is another Great Walk where you can explore 82 kilometres of beech forests, streams and coastline.  Each of the national parks in Nelson offers stunning views and landscapes waiting to be explored. 

Nelson’s tasty food and wines

There are numerous craft beer outlets to sample the local hops.  Grab a drink with a group of friends and sit out in the sun to sample the different flavours.  There are several different wineries where you can sample Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and Rieslings.  Nelson’s sunny climate is ideal for growing crops and there is no shortage of fresh local produce which can be sampled at one of the restaurants or cafes. 

Outdoor activities and adventures in Nelson

Nelson boasts one of the best climates in New Zealand where outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round.  Take your pick from fishing, rafting, cycling, kite surfing and walks in the area.  Nelson is renowned for some of New Zealand’s best fly fishing where you can catch salmon and brown trout.  For biking enthusiasts, there are several different long and short rides in the region and the Great Taste Trail is suitable for all cycling levels with stunning coastal views.  Whatever activities you enjoy, there is something for everyone to experience the striking landscapes and sunshine in Nelson.

Nelson Events

Throughout the year, Nelson is host to a range of different events to experience.  In summer, the Jazz and Blues Festival is an eight day musical event with several different performers.  The Winter Music Festival is another musical two weeks filled with performers with something for everyone.  In early spring the Cycle Festival and Arts Festival celebrate cycling, music arts and more. 

Experience the national parks, tasty food, activities and events in Nelson on your next holiday!       

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