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Nelson Attractions and Activities around the Nelson Region

To start you on a tour of Nelson's many activities and attractions we have links here to various websites for the region:  


Tasman Sky AdventuresEnjoy 360 degree scenic microlight flights over the stunning Abel Tasman coastline and tandem hang-gliding from Motueka airfield, a 40 minute drive from Nelson. 

Skydive Abel Tasman - tandem parachuting from the Motueka airfield

WoW Museum - The World of Wearable Art and Classic Car museum is a must-see, giving you a chance to get up close with many award winning wearable art designs, then wander around a world class collection of classic cars. 

Christ Church Cathedral - participate in a service or just visit to appreciate the cathedral on its site above Nelson.

Nelson's Saturday Market - an entertaining browse through the fresh food, art, jewellery, clothes, toys, flowers, furniture, bric-a-brac, wood turning and much more at this market which has become a Nelson institution.

Nelson Provincial Museum - in its central city location on the corner of Trafalgar and Hardy streets, the museum has two main gallery spaces, one showing the region's history and the second showing regularly changing exhibitions. 

The Centre of New Zealand - a walk of about an hour which rewards you with panoramic views of Nelson City and the sea beyond. Read one person's impressions here. Nelson City Council's direction page for the walk is available here.

Hoglund Art Glassblowing Studio - visit the glassblowing studio and see the artists working.  Studio, shop and cafe are set in a tranquil 7 acre garden only 15 minutes' drive from Nelson.

The Suter Art Gallery - visit this gallery, shop and excellent cafe in the centre of Nelson.

Theatre Royal - Nelson's recently restored Victorian theatre has performances year-round.

Happy Valley Adventures - Experience guided 4 wheel drive bike tours, ride the world's only Skywire flying fox, play paintball, enjoy horse trekking, horse riding along forest trails or ride on the amphibious Argo, all within a 20 minutes drive from Nelson.

Make-a-Knife - whole day activity forging a knife from raw steel using the traditional Blacksmith toolkit of forge, hammer and anvil to create a blade you will treasure forever.

Ngarua Caves - an hour's drive away, on Takaka hill, you can enter a cave system to see an extensive display of stalagmites and stalactites and a skeleton display of an extinct Moa.

Mapua Wharf - a destination worth the short drive from Nelson - visit a range of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafe's. 

Arts and Crafts:

Nelson is famous for its wealth of artists and artisans - you could spend several days touring studios and galleries.  Plan a road trip or search for a favourite artist here.


Nelson is known as the craft brewing capitol of New Zealand. See if you

Electric Bicycle Rental:

Pedal assisted exploration of Nelson from a2b eCycle, a South Street business - couldn't be easier!

Fly Fishing:

The Nelson region offers a fly fishing paradise for keen anglers. Research guided fishing tours at Latitude Guiding 


Green Acres Golf Club is perhaps Nelson’s best golf club. Located in Richmond on Best Island which is approximately a 25 minute drive from Nelson City.

Nelson Golf Club is located by the Airport and is approximately a 10 minute drive. Both clubs have rental clubs for hire.


See the Nelson or Abel Tasman coastlines on guided or solo kayak excursions from half day to multiday experiences. Cable Bay Kayaks, Abel Tasman Kayaks, the Sea Kayak Company and Kahu Kayaks all operate year round.

Mountain biking in Nelson:

Mountain biking maps from Nelson City Council

Nelson Mountain Bike Club


Abel Tasman Paddleboarding offers a range of half day or full day experiences.  Full training given. 

Restaurants and Cafes: 

Nelson has no shortage of great eating experiences available to you.  From fine dining to relaxed family fare and plenty of international options. Check out Hopgoods, Mint Dining Room, Fords, The Boatshed, Styx, Stefano's, Chokdee, Little India, The Indian Cafe,  or do your own research on this site of Nelson's top restaurants and cafes.


Rainbow Ski Field :  An hour and a half away is Rainbow ski field, in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

Water Taxis into the Abel Tasman National Park:

Take a day pack and enjoy a walk in one of New Zealand's great National parks. Catch the ferries at Kaiteriteri or Marahau,  about an hour's driving from Nelson, for a great day out.  Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi , Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles and Marahau Water Taxis all operate year round.


There are 28 boutique wineries in the Nelson Region, many serving excellent local food. Explore online at


Get some more information on Nelson, NZ:

We've assembled some web sites with information about the Nelson, New Zealand area.

Official Tourism Site for Nelson -

Nelson City Council Site

Nelson, NZ on Wikipedia

NZine's History of Nelson

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