Nelson: The Gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park

lg_47KySealLocated at the top of the South Island, Nelson is the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations. The region enjoys an enviable year round temperate climate, with the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.

Surrounded by sheltering hills and mountains, the region has some spectacular lakes and stunning coastline with golden sandy beaches. Within easy driving distance are 3 National Parks, the world famous Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park.


Visitors can enjoy the wonderful mix of the dynamic arts and craft culture, blended with superb award winning wineries, boutique breweries, cafes and restaurants along with a wide range of outdoor activities, natural attractions and guided tours.

For those who enjoy the opportunity to shop for uniquely New Zealand made products there are many world class jewellers, potters, artists, glass blowers, fabric and clothing designers.

If it’s the outdoors which entices you, there is swimming, diving, sailing, kayaking, waka tours and boating for the water lovers and for those who are more land orientated there are bike trails, four wheel driving and horse riding on offer as well as an abundance of walking tracks.

Useful Website Links

Check out the following list of useful links to some of Nelson’s unique attractions, wineries and creative artisans.