The city of Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, and its surrounds (commonly known as Nelson Tasman), offers a world in one region. Discover sun-soaked landscapes of soft, sandy beaches, vineyards, rugged mountains, cascading falls and rapid rivers. If visiting as part of an itinerary comprising the North Island, take the ferry from Wellington to Blenheim – the gateway to the wineries of Marlborough.
What you’ll love most about Nelson Tasman
- The “Top of the South” is full of contradictions such as the picturesque golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes’ glacial surrounds and the rugged wilderness of Kahurangi
- Just a 20-minute drove from the city of Nelson is Cable Bay – a beautiful, hidden gem of a spot for enjoying a mesmerising sunset
- Nelson Tasman is an artisanal region that delivers on delicious local cuisine, wines, ciders and craft beers. Boutique markets, galleries, pottery workshops and city murals are worth taking the time to explore
- There are many opportunities here to spend a night sleeping by the ocean in Abel Tasman – whether that’s at one of the beachfront campsites, at a spectacular lodge or aboard a private boat charter
- The world’s clearest lake, named Lake Rotomairewhenua (also known as the easily pronounced Blue Lake), is nestled in the depths of the Nelson Lakes National Park