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.
Collingwood is the northern gateway to Kahurangi National Park and the bird sanctuary of Farewell Spit. In every direction, the environment is amazing.
Loved for its beauitful golden sand beach, the sunny town of Kaiteriteri is a launching place for trips into the Abel Tasman National Park.
Mapua township is the perfect mix of classic kiwiana, beautiful quality shops and restaurants.
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.
Sunny Motueka grows fruit, hops and green tea for the rest of New Zealand. There’s a lively café culture and two wonderful national parks close by.
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.
If you’re planning to explore the honeydew forest and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park, you’ll find comfortable accommodation and friendly restaurants at St Arnaud.
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.
Drive over Takaka Hill and discover another world. Golden Bay is a vast paradise for nature lovers.
This quaint village is home to NZ’s oldest pub (the Moutere Inn) as well as many artisan producers of food and crafts.
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