The Nelson Tasman region is a walking and hiking paradise - tracks wind past white-sand beaches and climb above cliffs that offer panoramic coastal views.
The Nelson Tasman region's Abel Tasman National Park offers well-formed tracks amidst a stunning coastal environment. The track itself is 51km, but can easily be broken up into smaller sections, making it the perfect place to head on a day walk. Local tour operators offer water taxi, sea shuttle, cruise and kayak services, so you can customise your day trip to suit your needs.
For the more advanced hikers, the Kahurangi National Park offers an abundance of untamed wilderness, flowing rivers and rugged peaks to explore, and is the second largest National Park in New Zealand. Likewise, a hike in the alpine ranges of the Nelson Lakes National Park is not for the faint-hearted, although there are a series of lakeside walking tracks for those looking for a short afternoon stroll.
Experience Nelson Tasman's wild north-western coast with a day walk on Wharariki Beach. This 3 - 4 hour walk starts an hour's drive from Takaka and features unique sand dunes, cliffs and caves. Closer to the city centre, the 1-2 hour Centre of New Zealand walk is one of Nelson Tasman's most popular walks, offering panoramic views of the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region.
Walk through stunning native bush on the way to Wainui Falls, the largest falls in Golden Bay.
A easy walk along the most spectacular coastline in the region, passing through farmland and forest.
The Centre of New Zealand, on Botanical Hill at the start of the Maitai Valley, is an iconic walk in Nelson.
Cruise into the heart of the National Park to walk the most varied section of the Coastal Track. Optional side trip to Cleopatra’s Pool.
Explore the beautiful beaches and remarkable rock formations and encounter cheeky wildlife amidst beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Find out how to plan your Great Walk.
This Nelson Lakes hike is an epic 80km journey through an alpine landscape, traversing mountains, forests and rushing streams.