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Top 10 Must Do’s in the Nelson Tasman Region


Make the most of your Nelson Tasman experience by ticking off these incredible must do’s as selected by our team of passionate adventurers!

1. Skydive from 16,500ft with Skydive Abel Tasman

You will have the best view of New Zealand seeing both the North and South islands. The scenery is breathtaking! Three National Parks, rivers, turquoise oceans, golden beaches all seen from a bird’s eye view.

Our very passionate team will make your experience memorable. It will be the highlight of your NZ trip.

2. Great Taste Trail – pedal through paradise from Nelson to Kaiteriteri

This easy cycling trail takes a leisurely tour of Tasman’s most beautiful coastal and inland areas. Riders will pass vineyards, breweries, orchards and no end of places to stop and enjoy some quality cuisine.

As a loop the trail is 174km long, but it can easily be broken down into bite sized portions just right for short morning rides and gentle afternoon cruises.

3. Abel Tasman Kayak – turquoise waters, golden beaches and seals too!

Sea kayak with the most experienced operators in the Nelson region.Tranquil lagoons, secluded beaches, forested headlands, fur seals and kayak sailing! See the park from the water.

4. Abel Tasman Walk – Cleopatra’s Pool lunch on the rocks in a tropical forest.

Between Torrent Bay and Anchorage in Abel Tasman National Park, you will find this beautiful rock pool complete with a natural, moss-lined waterslide!

It’s about one hour walk from either Torrent Bay or Anchorage. If you follow the high tide track between these two places, you’ll reach the turn-off to experience this natural pool fit for a queen.

5. Takaka Hill – stunning views at every turn.

The drive over the crest of Takaka Hill on State Highway 60 is one of the great moments in New Zealand motoring.

Immediately after the summit lies Harwood’s lookout, and the panoramic view it affords of the glacier-carved Takaka valley, the frost-fractured mountain peaks of Kahurangi National Park, and – far in the distance – Farewell Spit.

6. Mapua Wharf – ice creams, coffees, shops and snacks.

At the mouth of the vast Waimea Estuary the Mapua Wharf is home to a vibrant collection of restaurants, cafe’s, galleries, stores and attractions. Eat fish and chips on the wharf, fish off the wharf with your family or browse amongst the unique stores showcasing local artisans and quality goods.

In the summer wharf jumping and riding the tide are popular and so is enjoying a glass of something cold and a great meal while watching the tide come in and out.

7. Riwaka Resurgence – dip your toes into this sacred Maori spring

The Resurgence is where the northern branch of the Riwaka River emerges from the depths of the Takaka Hill and starts its final 15km or so journey to the sea.

The water constantly spilling into the light of day has run within limestone cracks and passages from around the top of the hill, and it comes out just as pure as the crystal clear waters of the better-known Pupu Springs.

8. Markets – Saturday in Nelson or Sunday in Motueka – unique food and products.

This is the perfect place for locals and tourists to experience the creativity and essence of the Nelson & Motueka regions and their local people.

Established over 30 years ago by its owner Nita Knight, the Nelson Market has evolved into a bustling, vibrant destination with up to 200 stalls.

9. Sailing Abel Tasman – pack a picnic for a day of serenity and sunshine.

Treat yourself to a sailing tour in New Zealand’s coastal paradise… the Abel Tasman National Park.

Either chill out and relax, get involved in the sailing or learn as you go… you decide! Enjoy some stunning beaches and islands in the most relaxing way.

10. Canyoning Torrent River – Jumps, slides, floats, abseils, you name it!

Go where few have gone before and feel the true flow of nature. You’ll find mind blowing combinations of showering waterfalls, deeply carved out caves and deep clear pools of greens and blues. All these beautiful sights pull you deeper into the canyon to see what’s around the next corner, all the way down to the valley floor.

This remote and spiritual environment combined with the pure adrenalin you get from leaping off cliffs, sliding down water polished chutes and abseiling through thundering waterfalls, drives us to gear up and venture into our canyons.

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