Nelson Tasman has three national parks, stunning beaches and a vibrant art scene. This laid-back region has many attractions and activities for everyone.
Nelson Tasman rests at the top north-west region of the South Island and boasts New Zealand's highest sunshine hours per year making it an ideal hop and wine growing region, and an even better place to enjoy a craft beer or a glass of aromatic wine.
Within 90 minutes’ drive of Nelson are three national parks each with a distinct look and feel. Abel Tasman National Park is home to stretches of golden sandy beaches, turquoise blue coastline and some of the region’s most popular hikes. Kahurangi National Park is the backdrop for many scenes from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and it proudly showcases a stunning variety of native plants and wildlife. Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the crystal waters of Lake Rotoiti and an abundance of protected native bush.
When disembarking on Main Wharf South, there is pedestrian access onto Wakefield Quay. From here it is approximately 10 minutes' walk into the city.
From all other wharves, the port shuttle is required to exit the port.
The Nelson Tasman i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is a great place to obtain maps and information about the region. It is lcoated on the corner of Trafalgar and Halifax Streets.
Nelson city's many attractions, shops and restaurants are easily accessible on foot.
To visit the surrounding region you will need to arrange a vehicle.
NBus operates regular services between Nelson City, Stoke, Tahunaunui Beach, Richmond and return. Fares range from $2.50 to $4.00 one-way, depending on distance. Contact Nelson Tasman i-SITE Visitor Centre for a timetable.
It's recommended that you book your rental car in advance. Find a rental car in Nelson Tasman.