Explore the outdoors in Nelson

Boasting over 2400 sunshine hours annually, Nelson is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and all that Abel Tasman has to offer.

Outdoor Adventures
Nelson offers a wealth of outdoor attractions, highlighting the best of New Zealand’s beaches and bush walks. Just a 90 minute drive from Picton, this sunshine town is a great spot for your next holiday. The Abel Tasman area is a popular holiday spot for Kiwis over summer, so if you’re after a quiet hiking trail, go in Autumn or Spring – the weather will still be warm.


  • Walks: Many of New Zealand’s National Parks are right next to Nelson. They are home to native forests and animals and plenty of great walks. Ranging from short 30min bush walks to multiple overnight journeys, Nelson has something for everyone. The most popular walk is the Abel Tasman Coast Track, which is an easy 3-5 day tramp with stunning views. Most walks have guides available if you wish.
  • Sea Kayaking: Nelson is a premier location for kayaking amateurs and enthusiasts. Explore our marine reserves and pristine shorelines with a number of Kayaking companies. The region is also home to NZ fur seals, who always want to say hello.
  • Closer to town: There are a number of outdoor options if you have time constraints. Golfing, Horse Treks, Fishing, Scenic flights, and 4WD adventures are just some of the great activities on offer.

Family Activities
There are plenty of things to do in Nelson for families and children. Whether it’s fun on the beach and playing in the park, or kayaking and mountain biking, Nelson has a range of family activities and tours that your kids will love. Many of the activities are suitable for all ages, so there’s no trouble filling your holiday with excitement for everyone.

Other activities
Of course there’s more to Nelson than just its scenery. Known for its vibrant and eclectic art scene, Nelson has a variety of attractions in the town centre that are well worth a visit. The galleries, museums, shops and markets will easily entertain you for hours.

Central Nelson accommodation is easy to find. Bella Vista Motel Nelson has friendly staff, great facilities and comfortable rooms at competitive rates. Book your stay today and begin your Nelson adventure.

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