By Fraser Clements
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On the doorstep of Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson is a place of sunshine and golden beaches. Nelson City, the main hub, sits at the top of the region.
One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson is the perfect spot to base yourself while you spend some time exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.
Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park- but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure.
Drive over Takaka Hill and discover another world. Golden Bay is a vast paradise for nature lovers.
Loved for its beauitful golden sand beach, the sunny town of Kaiteriteri is a launching place for trips into the Abel Tasman National Park.
The main gateway into the Abel Tasman National Park, Marahau has a lovely beach and a choice of places to stay. Catch a water taxi or hire a kayak.
Motueka is a vibrant town, known for its lively café culture and artistic community. It is also a gateway town to the Abel Tasman National Park.
Mapua township is the perfect mix of classic kiwiana, beautiful quality shops and restaurants.
Come to Murchison for whitewater thrills – rafting, kayaking, canoeing and jet boating. There are fast running rivers in every direction.
Settle yourself in Richmond to explore the beautiful Nelson region. From here you can discover wineries, beaches, national parks and much more.
This quaint village is home to New Zealand’s oldest pub, The Moutere Inn, as well as many artisan producers of food and crafts.
Venture over legendary Takaka Hill to find the township of Takaka, the main centre for Golden Bay. Enjoy friendly cafés and browse the art shops.
With open sea on one side and sheltered waters on the other, this massive sandspit has two entirely different faces.
Collingwood is the northern gateway to Kahurangi National Park and the bird sanctuary of Farewell Spit. In every direction, the environment is amazing.
Perched on the edge of Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud is the perfect base from which to explore the honeydew forest and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park.
The Nelson Lakes National Park is an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes.
Diverse and wild, Kahurangi is an enticing world of marble mountains and peaceful, palm-fringed beaches.
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