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, is a 5 hour drive from Christchurch. By air, Nelson is just 30 minutes from Wellington, 50 minutes from Christchurch, and 90 minutes from Auckland.

The Nelson Tasman region boasts some of New Zealand's most sought after scenery and holiday attractions, from golden beaches to mountains, blue waters to bush-clad hills, from aromatic wines to local craft beers. It is home to the Abel Tasman National Park. Nelson Tasman has a wealth of galleries, eateries and wineries. For entertainment the region also offers cinemas, theatres, concert venues, bowling and swimming pools.

With its warm climate and spectacular scenery, Nelson-Tasman offers something for all ages. 

Below are just a few links which you may find helpful as you plan your trip to this region. On or prior to your arrival we will be very pleased to help you with any further planning. 

In the locality:

Further afield:

Comprehensive information:

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
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