Nelson for families

At the top of the South Island, Nelson is a handy detour for travellers who have just hopped off the Cook Strait Ferry.

If a family holiday with all the action and outdoor activities you could imagine, then Nelson is the place for you. It's one of those places that takes full advantage of New Zealand's fabulous nature and this is means there is plenty of adventures for travellers visiting the area to endure. Read on for my top 5 must-do activities when you and your famiy are staying in Nelson. 

My Top 5 Family Activities in Nelson

1. Kaiteriteri Kayaking

Kayaking is ideal outdoor adventure to enjoy with the family, not too strenuous but exciting enough to keep the kids entertained. Kaiteriteri Kayaking is the only company in the Abel Tasman to specialise in family trips - they have double kayaks where the adult controls the paddling, and the area is relatively sheltered, meaning perfect conditions for the inexperienced.

Kayaking is a great way to explore the Abel Tasman's famous features and coves such as the Split Apple Rock. They hold trips for half-days and full-days, so its up to you how long you want to stay out on the water.

2. Meet the natives at Natureland Zoo

A cheap and fun family day will be had by all who visit Nelson's Natureland Zoo, situated at the beautiful Tahunanui Beach. Visitors can get a glimpse of native birds, reptiles and endangered fauna, and children learn how important it is to care for their native animals and the environment - fun and a useful lesson all in one!

3. Family Fun at The Fun Park 

If the sun is shining outside and you want a change from the beach why not spend the day at Nelson Fun Park? The park offers some easy entertainment for all ages with a variety of activities, including a hydro-slide, bumper boats and a mini-golf course. Prices are reasonable and it's an easy drive along the coast.

4. Swimming with the Seals

An hour's drive out of Nelson takes you to the glistening waters of the Abel Tasman. This eco-friendly organisation offers a package which includes an aqua taxi ride from Marahau to Tonga Island and a guaranteed 1 hour snorkelling session with the seals. This will be an unforgettable wildlife experience and is very family-friendly.

5. Happy Valley Adventures

Talk about action-packed! There really is something for everyone at this 1600 acre farm which is loaded with award-winning outdoor adventure activities. 15 minutes north of the city, the parks adventures include a wide range of family activities such as paintballing, horse trekking, the worlds's only skywire flying fox, quad-biking and Maori culture tours. And if you happen to be a bit of an adrenaline junkie, the Amphibious Argo ride will quite literally take your breath away with it's high-speed spins in the muddy grounds. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Apartment style Nelson accommodation perfect for families

We have three excellent apartment style accommodations in the Nelson area, all  fully self-contained and suitable for families. No matter which you choose, we trust that your stay will ensure your trip to Nelson is one to remember.

404 on Trafalgar - This central city accommodation offer studios, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, each with fully-equipt kitchens and laundries. A short 5 minute walk take you to best shopping, cafes and restaurants the area has to offer.

Grand Mercure - Just minutes from the city and airport, the Grand Mercure Hotel Resort offers convenience, comfort and luxury. An award winning restaurant, a health and beauty spa and pool and gym facilities are on site. Hotel rooms and 1 and 2 bedroom cottages to choose from.

The Waterfront Apartments, Penthouse 11 - Located on the stunning Nelson waterfront, this fully self-contained 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment is ideal accommodation for a family. Nearby is an array of popular restaurants and bars, and the city centre is just minutes away.

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