Things to do in the Nelson Tasman region

Often known as ‘the top of the south’, Nelson Tasman takes up the north eastern corner of the South Island. The main centre, Nelson city (population approx. 46,000) is a 5 hour drive from Christchurch. By air, Nelson is just 30 minutes from Wellington, 40 minutes from Christchurch, and about 1½ hours from Auckland.

The Nelson Tasman region boasts some of New Zealand's most sort after scenery and holiday attractions, with golden beaches to mountains, blue waters to bush-clad hills, from aromatic wines to boutique beers. It is home to the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Tasman is an artisan paradise where locals create an abundance of artworks, culinary delights and opportunities to explore nature, yourself, or new experiences.

With its warm climate, spectacular scenery and access to various marine playgrounds, Nelson-Tasman is one of our fastest growing regions and popular as a retirement and lifestyle destination. So why not come and see for yourself!

There are many organisations, activity providers, restaurants etc within the Nelson Tasman region. Below are just a few links which you may find helpful as you plan your trip to this region. On your arrival we will be very pleased to help you with any further planning you may wish to undertake. 

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Food and drink recommendations:


The Apple Shed, Mapua NZ - Restaurant
Jellyfish Mapua, NZ - Cafe & Restaurant
Rimu Grove Mapua, NZ - Wine Bar



Toad Hall Motueka, NZ - Cafe, Restaurant, Brewery
Precinct Dining Co Motueka, NZ - Restaurant
The Smoking Barrel Motueka, NZ - Cafe, Bakery, Restaurant

Nelson City

The Vic Brewbar in Nelson - Bar and Restaurant
Burger Culture in Nelson New Zealand - Burger Bar and Restuarant
The Styx in Nelson, NZ - Restaurant