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Here are 3 very popular featured Activities to try in the Nelson region while staying at Century Park:


Nelson Golf Club



Farewell Spit Nature Experience

Sea Shuttles landing 170

Abel Tasman
Sea Shuttles

Nelson City Area


Cook up a Barbie or take a picnic to the river or the sea. Nelson city has free public barbecues in the Maitai Valley, Tahunanui Beach and at Nelson Marina.

Boat Watching

Wakefield Quay offers sea views and a site to watch the goings-on, whether it’s tugs bringing in a huge ship or Nelson’s keeler fleet setting out for their summer Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon races. Read about the port history near the recreation berth and settler history on the quay.


Indoor Playground, 311 Hardy Street, Nelson (03) 548 7055. New Zealand’s favourite adventure playground where safety is paramount. Drop off service for children aged 5 -11. Charlie’s cafe for drinks and meals for the whole family.

City Views

Enjoy the view of Tasman Bay from Paddy’s Knob (off Stansell Avenue) on the Tahunanui hillside with display panels pointing out the sights, At the top of Moana Avenue the Davis Lookout offers equally spectacular views.

Natureland Zoo

Tahunanui Beach, Nelson (03) 548 6166. See Meerkats, Monkeys, Otters, native birds, and much more.

Nayland Park Pool

Nayland Road, Stoke (03) At Nayland Park Pools they aim to offer you a high quality health, fitness and recreational experience ensuring you are having fun while pursuing your goals.

Nelson Golf Club

38 Bolt Road, Tahunanui. (03) 548 5029. Established 1897. Only 10 minutes from the city centre, at Tahunanui by the northern airport boundary. Beautiful, sunny, seaside links of championship standard.

Nelson Public Library

27 Halifax Street, Nelson (03) 546 8100. Opening hours Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am-1pm Sun 1pm-4pm, Holiday activities for 5 - 12 year olds. Free programmes for pre-schoolers.

Riverside Pool

Riverside Drive, Nelson (03) 546 3221 Riverside Drive, Nelson (03) 546 3221

Sail Nelson

385 Wakefield Quay, Nelson. (03) 546 7275 or 027 265 7547. Learn to sail or enjoy the charter of your choice in stunning Tasman Bay. Adjacent to the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson has a wonderful temperate climate and the national record for sunshine hours. This mixture creates a deep blue ocean, golden beaches and a sea breeze. Add a yacht and yourself, dolphins, seals and seabirds - then we have the best classroom in the world.

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Freephone 0800 HELIPRO  Inspiring New Zealand destinations with unforgettable experiences. Tour options; Nelson City Scenic, Richmond Forest Park Landing, Abel Tasman National Park, Abel Tasman Kayaking Combo, The Mt Olympus Eregion Landing, Marlborough Sounds Eco Tour, Heli Biking.

State Cinemas

91 Trafalgar Street. Nine cinemas with the latest movies, a café and family entertainment centre.

Suter Cinema

Bridge Street, for festivals and art-house movies.

The New Hub

23 New Street. (03) 545 9147. Nelson’s youth centre offers a friendly space for young people aged 11 - 18 to meet and relax with a pool table, basketball, table-tennis, workshops and skateboarding. The youth lounge and café has great food, with board-games, magazines and books. Open after school 3pm - 6pm, weekends 12pm - 5pm, and during school holidays Mon - Sat 12pm - 6pm.

WOW (World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum)

$20 per adult. Cadillac Way, off Quarantine Road, Annesbrook. (03) 547 4573.
This is one of Nelson’s standout attractions. Here you wander around and see up close the intricate and impressive garments that combine art and the human form. Then check out the classic car gallery, with more than 50 cars and motorbikes from Edwardian times right through to today’s modern super cars. Open every day, 10am - 5pm except Christmas Day.


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Tasman Area


Action Sport & Tenpin Bowling

30 McPherson Street, Richmond. (03) 543 8222. Open 7 days 9.30am until late:
Tenpin Bowling lanes
18 hole Minigolf course
Indoor Netball, Soccer & Cricket

ASB Aquatic Centre

Champion Road, Richmond. (03) 543 9755. Dive on in whatever the weather to the Top of the South Islands #1 Award Winning Aquatic Experience. There is something for everyone including the ultimate wave pool. Have fun in the lazy river or take it easy in the spa pools.

Baton Run Horse Treks

1360 Baton Valley Road, RD1, Motueka (03) 522 4164. The Baton Run, steeped in gold mining history, sits right next to New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park and along the banks of the Baton and Ellis rivers. You will enjoy mountain vistas on a quality horse that is willing and well schooled.

Best Berry Company

8 River Road, Appleby (03) 544 8434. Treat the kids to a delicious day out picking berries. Explore the gardens with a fresh berry ice-cream. *Open daily 9 till late. * (in season).

Jester House

Coastal Highway, Tasman (03) 526 6742. A Nelson institution since 1991. Jester House Cafe continues to delight both young and old.
Kids love the tame eels they can feed in the creek, the enchanted forest where the fairies live, all the playground space, Arnold the tiger. Adults love - great handmade food at the cafe, enjoying a glass of wine with lunch, while watching children play happily.

Kaiteriteri Beach

Kaiteriteri is approximately 15 minutes from Motueka. A secluded location with three unforgettable beaches combining clean, sparkling gold sand and calm blue waters. As you can imagine, water activities are popular here – spend the day swimming, kayaking and boating, then check out the waterfront café’s. Kaiteriteri is a main departure point for launch services into the Abel Tasman National Park.


Marahau is peaceful and welcoming - at the southern gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. It’s a convenient stepping-off point to this beautiful coastal park, with golden sands, clear water, native forest and abundant wildlife. A licensed restaurant sits at the hub of this colourful diverse community. Internationally renowned sea-kayaking companies are based at Marahau. Kayaking if the perfect way to explore the magical marine environment of the park. For the more active, enjoy fun on wheels with Marble Hills 4-Wheel Motorcycle Adventures. Scheduled water taxis run daily from Marahau into the park, providing scenic cruises, plus a drop-off pick-up service for trampers and day-walkers. Daily bus services connect Marahau with Nelson, Picton, Westport and Christchurch.

Pegasus Park, Equestrian Adventures

Phone 0800 200 888. Whether it is an exhilarating horse ride along the beach, pony trekking through Marahau village, or you want to make your own spectacular horsey music video, Harmony Aquarian, local musician and horse handler has the critter that will meet your needs.

Pigeon Valley Steam Museum

Higgins Park, Pigeon Valley, Wakefield. Ph 03 544 4652

River Reserves

Some popular river swimming spots are:
Trewavas Street, Motueka
Twin Bridges Reserve, Aniseed Valley Road, Aniseed Valley
Busch Reserve, Aniseed Valley Road, Aniseed Valley
White Gates Reserve, Aniseed Valley Road, Aniseed Valley.

Tasman District Library

280 Queen Street, Richmond. (03) 543 8500. Open Monday - Saturday from 9.30am. Free or low-priced holiday programmes. Free preschool programmes during term time - see details on website

The Old Post Office Farmstore

1381 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere Village (03) 543 2780. Home of Moutere Gold Gourmet Preserves, local outlet for award winning Neudorf Cheese, olive oils, honey and more. Open 7 days.

Touch the Sea

Mapua Wharf, (03) 540 3357. An enchanting encounter with the underwater world - Aquarium and gift shop. Open 7 days

Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park

Kayak, Walk, Boats, Lodges. Freephone 0800 223 582
Vista Cruises - Speed, style, comfort, convenience, environmental responsibility. From the comfort of their purpose-built cruising catamaran, be introduced to the Park with fascinating interpretive stories while you cruise the azure waters of the coast; past sculpted granite headlands and into golden-sand bays fringed by lush native forest.
Departs 9.30am Kaiteriteri to Totaranui. Returns 1pm
Departs 1pm Kaiteriteri to Awaroa. Returns 4pm
Departs 4pm Kaiteriteri to Bark Bay. Returns 5.45pm
Low Season: Departs Kaiteriteri 9.30am Returns 4pm


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Golden Bay Area

Bencarri Nature Park & Cafe

McCallum’s Road, Takaka. Phone (03) 525 8261. Nestled on the banks of the Anatoki River and surrounded by native bush, Bencarri Nature Park invites you to experience a magical nature, history and a vibrant, relaxed cafe.  Feed, pat and interact with their friendly rare and exotic farm animals.  Touch and feed the historic world famous Anatoki eels in their natural environment. 

Farewell Spit

Located just out of Collingwood in Golden Bay, spectacular Farewell Spit is the longest sand spit in New Zealand.  The spit’s Maori name is Onetahua, which translates as ‘heaped up sand’, and heaped it is.  Its huge dunes form a coastal barrier that protects an important staging area for migratory shore birds.  This significant location is now protected and considered Wetland of International Importance.
Access to the spit is restricted, with public walking allowed at the base, two and a half kilometres down the inner beach and four kilometres down the outer beach.  Beyond that, it can be experienced on guided 4WD bus tours that depart daily from Collingwood and Puponga.  On a guided tour, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna, the geology and history, and the fascinating facts and figures of this extraordinary place.

Farwell Spit Nature Experience

Freephone 0800 250 500.  Few regions provide such a wealth of dramatic natural wonders to explore within such a small and accessible area.  The diverse landscapes of North-West Golden Bay provide breathtaking views, rich habitats for wildlife, living culture and historic journeys.  Discover the natural wonders of Golden Bay.

Farewell Spit Eco Tours

Freephone 0800 808 257.  This company has been operating on Farewell Spit for more than 60 years.  The tours travel the length of the spit stop to climb one of the huge dunes and for refreshments at the lighthouse keeper’s cottage in the shadow of the lighthouse.

Ngarua Caves

Walk through the huge Ngarua Cave in the Marble mountain, Takaka Hill, and see stalactites in the magnificent Wedding Cathedral, view the carbonated bones of the now extinct Moa bird . Enjoy a full entertaining commentary suitable for all ages. Tour takes approx. 45min. Adults $15 and $5 for children 15 and under. Under 5 free.

Pupu Springs (Te Waikoropupu)

Pupu Springs is out of Takaka and on the way to Golden Bay. This is Golden Bay’s most popular and famous attraction.  The spring system is the largest in NZ and among the 100 largest in the world.  The water is the clearest you will ever see, after all it is considered to be among the clearest water in the world. The qualities of the water are of considerable scientific interest. In 1993, The National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) carried out optical measurements under water and found that the horizontal visibility was 63 metres. This is very close to optically pure water, with clearer water found only beneath Antarctica’s near-frozen Weddell Sea. The water clarity is a result of natural filtering prior to the water’s emergence at Te Waikoropupū Springs.From the viewing platform, an extraordinary view of the colours and workings of the underwater world is revealed.  The water has a constant temperature of 11.7 degrees.  The area is culturally significant and is wahi tapu, or a sacred site, to Maori. 

Salmon Fishing

Open 7 days year round, except Christmas Day.  9am to 4.30pm, No entry fee.  McCallum Road, Anatoki Valley, Golden Bay.  Ph 03 525 7251. Savour the fresh flavour of an Anatoki Salmon catch, straight from the pristine clarity of one of New Zealand’s steepest rivers - the mythical Anatoki River.  It is free to use the fishing equipment and  they provide a free cleaning service.  You may have your catch hot smoked on site and enjoy the supreme, fresh taste within minutes.  Whether you spend an hour or the entire day at Anatoki Salmon, family and friends will enjoy a fishing experience like no other. 

Nelson Lakes Area

Licensed Water Taxi & Hire Service

An on demand service personalised to your requirements. Transport for those enjoying the tranquil lakeside day walks, or those on expeditions such as tramping, mountaineering, hunting & fishing. Leisurely scenic cruises with short walks, (optional), available. Home baking provided by arrangement. Bookings recommended. Canoe and Kayak hire available for those wanting a relaxing paddle and to connect with the abundant peace and beauty of Rotoiti. Guided trolling for brown trout, subject to availability. 
Audrey & Calum McLeod
47 Main Road, P.O. Box 35, St Arnaud 7150
Phone: (03) 521 1894
Mobile: 021 702 278 
Email. watertaxi@clear.net.nz

Buller/Murchison Area

Buller Gorge Swing Bridge

Comet line rides, Jet boat rides, Gold panning, Historical gold workings, Earthquake fault-line. SH6, Upper Buller Gorge, Murchison. Freephone 0800 Buller
GOLDPANNING - There is gold panning on the Buller River, and at Lyell Creek and Howard Valley. The information centre hires pans and shovels.

Fishing - Owen River Lodge

173 Owen Valley East Road, Murchison. (03) 523 9075. With over a dozen rivers and streams, the town is a fisherman's paradise. Brown trout averaging 1.6kg. Guided fly fishing is available. Owen River Lodge is located near Murchison, in the Nelson Lakes area of the South Island (the top of the South Island). The lodge is centrally located, with easy access to the Nelson and West Coast Fisheries. Thus you can enjoy fly fishing on numerous blue-ribbon streams and rivers, with over 30 waters accessible by road (most within 1 hours drive) and countless others by helicopter. The secret to maximising your fishing experience is to use an experienced fishing guide. This company is very fortunate to work with some of New Zealand’s most experienced fly fishing guides.

Maruia Falls

A 9m waterfall 22km southwest of Murchison. The falls were created by the 1929 earthquake.

Murchison District Museum

Goldmining history along with displays on the Murchison earthquake, which destroyed the settlement in 1929.

Murchison Visitor Centre

Information & booking centre. Provides comprehensive local and national information and booking service for accommodation, activities & transport. Also has giftware, souvenirs & internet access.


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Marlborough Area

Beachcomber Fun Cruises

The Waterfront, Picton. Freephone 0800 62 45 26. At Beachcomber Cruises they take great pleasure in offering a selection of boat trips through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Join their world-famous Magic Mail Run; they are the only New Zealand Post licensed delivery in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Walk the length of the Queen Charlotte Track or choose to walk a section with their day-walk options. Enjoy the chorus of song from the abundant bird life on the Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. Spend a relaxing day having lunch at Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove Resort or the Portage.

Compass Charters Ltd

Unit 1, Waikawa Marina, Picton. Freephone 0800 101 332. Discover the beauty of the Sounds on self-drive or skippered charter boats. They have affordable well-equipped yachts, launches and runabouts. With spectacular scenery, wildlife and sheltered bays, a unique and memorable holiday will be had by all in this cruising paradise.

Dolphin Watch Ecotours

Picton Foreshore, Marlborough Sounds. Freephone 0800 WILDLIFE Since 1994. Dolphin Watch & Nature Ecotours has operated award-winning eco-cruises in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.
The enthusiastic and friendly skippers and guides take great pride in introducing visitors to this amazing environment as they specialise in giving you the very ‘best of the sounds’ by combining a scenic and regionally informative eco-cruise. Highlights include seeing New Zealand’s rare Hectors Dolphin, visiting Dusky, Bottlenose and Common Dolphins, seals and seabirds with a fascinating walk on either Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary or historic Ship Cove. Those looking for an extreme adventure can swim with wild dolphins in calm sheltered waters. Scenic Wildlife Eco-cruises, Island Bird Sanctuary, Eco-Cruise & walk, Dolphin Swimming and view

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Omaka Blenheim (03) 579 1305. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other and you don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it!  Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is innovative and visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself. Located in Marlborough just minutes from the centre of Blenheim we are open daily, (except for Christmas and Boxing Days) and promise an enthralling experience for all. Omaka is one of Marlborough's major visitor attractions - offering a captivating experience for the whole family.

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