When visiting Nelson Tasman make sure you take the time to linger, to explore, to taste, to find.

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Motueka Sunday Market, Nelson Tasman

Explore the local produce and crafts at the markets.

Creative relaxation in Nelson City and surrounds

Scattered throughout Nelson are artists' galleries and workshops, outdoor sculptures, historic buildings and artisan stores. Use the Nelson Arts Guide, or visit the Nelson i-SITE Visitor Information Centre to create your own arty itinerary in the wider Nelson Tasman region.

  • Head to the Saturday Market and stroll among local artwork and artisan creations while tasting the iconic products of Nelson Tasman such as Pic’s Peanut Butter. Further afield, the Motueka Sunday Market is also a great place to immerse yourself in the region’s artistic heritage and culture.
  • Spend a few hours at the Suter Art Gallery, viewing the gallery’s collection of works by Sir Tosswill Woollaston, who was one of the founders of modern art in New Zealand.
  • Gain an interesting insight into Nelson’s past pioneers and the people and places that make Nelson so unique today, at the Nelson Provincial Museum which showcases the pride of Nelson’s history.
  • Visit Jens Hansen – The Ringmaker to see the famous ‘One Ring’ from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.
  • Head to the Craig Potton Gallery & Store in Central Nelson and purchase a print or book for a loved one from New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer. 
  • Visit the World of WearableArt & Nelson Classic Cars Museum, just ten minutes from the city centre, to see a selection of over 50 wearable art garments alongside one of Australasia’s largest private collections of classic cars.
  • Cycle Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and watch glassblowers create their masterpieces at Höglund Art Glass, set within 7 acres of tranquil gardens.

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Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Tasman

Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park's glistening waters with views of golden sand beaches is an unsurpassed experience.

Revive yourself in one of three National Parks

Each of the national parks in the Nelson Tasman region has a distinct look and feel. Kahurangi is wild and huge, with a heart of solid rock. Nelson Lakes is elegant, calm and alive with birdsong. Abel Tasman is small, sea-washed and incredibly beautiful.

  • The Abel Tasman Coastal Track (three to five days) is a popular year-round walk that can be undertaken with or without a guide. Sea kayaking tours (one day through to multi day trips) allow you to explore the coast from the water. Huts, camping grounds and private lodges provide accommodation along the way.
  • Kahurangi National Park is home to an exceptional variety of native plants and wildlife. The best known hiking trail is the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks, takes between four to five days. Kahurangi is the backdrop for many scenes in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
  • In the Nelson Lakes National Park, which is surrounded by mountain ranges, you can walk beside Lake Rotoiti or follow an alpine trail to Lake Angelus. The heavily protected native bush lets you see New Zealand as it would have been 500 years ago.

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Te Waikoropupu Springs, Nelson Tasman

Te Waikoropupu Springs

Absolutely gorgeous Golden Bay

The road trip to Golden Bay is an extraordinary experience in itself - a scenic drive over Takaka Hill, known as the 'marble mountain'.

  • Te Waikoropupu Springs, New Zealand's largest freshwater springs, and the coldest freshwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere, are set in a reserve protecting old gold workings, regenerating forest and a fine patch of mature bush.
  • Take a guided safari to Farewell Spit - a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance. You can walk on the base of the spit or take a 4WD safari along to the lighthouse and Cape Farewell, the northernmost point of the South Island.
  • Wharariki Beach has a wild and beautiful coastal landscape, where the wind and waves have created massive rock and sand dune formations.

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Rafting near Murchison, Nelson Tasman

Rafting near Murchison

Experience the Murchison ‘four rivers plain’

Known as the ‘white water capital’ of New Zealand, Murchison is truly a paradise for anyone who loves to be in the water.

  • Head to Ultimate Descents and pick your grade for a white-water experience, from gentle family rafting to extreme adventurer.
  • Enjoy some white-water thrills with a mind-blowing 40 minutes of jetboating along the mighty Buller River.
  • Join a guide or go it alone for some world-class fly-fishing in one of Murchison’s renowned, pristine rivers.
  • Walk along New Zealand’s longest swing bridge and ride on the Cometline.

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