5 Fun Things to do in Nelson

There is plenty to do in sunny Nelson with an abundance of stunning beaches and plenty of unique attractions, you are spoilt for choice!

There is plenty to do in sunny Nelson with an abundance of stunning beaches and plenty of unique attractions, you are spoilt for choice! 

From adrenaline pumping adventures to relaxing days out and luxury accommodation there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Check out these 5 Nelson activities.

Natureland Zoo

Natureland zoo is the best place in New Zealand to view the great selection of native wildlife such as pre-historic Tuataras, mountain Keas, native forest birds and gecko’s.

With relaxing picnic areas, playgrounds and unique feeding presentations, the whole family is sure to enjoy visiting the animals in Nelson’s famous zoo.

Founders Heritage park

Founders Heritage Park gives you the opportunity to see and experience Nelson life as it was in the 1880s to 1930s.

There is lots to see as you walk the streets of the historic park, enjoy a train ride or watch in awe as talented craftsmen work on ceramics, wrought iron and stone jewelry in authentic workshops.

Enjoy baked treats from the L’Artisan bakery or shop at the farmers market for a great selection of organic produce. Founders Heritage park makes for an interesting and educational day out in Nelson.

Catamaran Sailing Charters

Hop on board one of ‘Catamaran Sailing Charters’ scheduled trips where you will sail around Abel Tasman National Park and the Marlborough Sounds, enjoying the breathtaking scenery and crisp sea air.

Feeling like something a little more unique and personal? Owners Martin and Jane-Maree Holmes can even arrange exclusive private charters just for you!

Happy Valley Adventures

For fun and adventure in Nelson look no further than ‘Happy Valley Adventures’, the only place you can ride 4-wheel motorbikes through forest, horseback ride over mountains and try the uniquely Nelson SKYWIRE flying Fox!

SKYWIRE has you soaring at speeds of up to 100km per hour for 3.2km over beautiful native forest, this is an experience not to be missed. Happy Valley Adventures is open daily but booking is essential.

HELiPRO

There is no better way to explore Abel Tasman, Nelson lakes and the Kahurangi National Parks than by helicopter! Often hard to reach by road HELiPRO has created a unique way to see the region and with over 24 years’ experience in the helicopter industry you are sure to have an enjoyable and informative experience.

Choose from corporate or private flights, both of which are designed to be comfortable and excellent value. Book a flight with HELiPRO and experience the adventure for yourself.


While visiting check out the Nelson accommodation at the TOP 10 holiday parks in the area.

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