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The Nelson region is nature’s playground. The beaches are warm and safe, the rivers clean and fresh, the mountains and National Parks provide a host of opportunities for the adventurous. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to explore, because the opportunities to feel the wind in your face and the sun on your back are endless.

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Nelson Area - Action & Adventure


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.

Cable Bay kayaks

Cable Bay Road, RD1, Nelson - just 20 minutes from Nelson. Freephone 0508 222 532. “If you are a visitor to Nelson and have time for only one trip, this should be the one” Sandy Ferguson, Sea Kayaker’s Guide to N.Z’s South Island. Half and full day eco tours.

Cable Bay Shooting Adventures

Cable Bay Road, Nelson. (03) 545 1309. Try your hand at target and clay pigeon shooting or have a duel with your friends. 22 calibre and high powered rifles available. Static Target, Duelling Tree, Sporting Clays. BBQ and picnic area, all weather shooting. No license required.

Chipmunks 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.

Climbing Paragliding Adventure Centre

34 Vanguard Street, Nelson (03) 545 7511

Happy Valley Adventures

194 Cable Bay Road, Nelson 0800 157 300. Nelson City’s Adventure Playground, just 10 minutes from Nelson City.
Ride on Skywire - the world’s longest flying fox or explore a variety of native bush and country on a 4 wheel drive motorbike or on horse back. Have a shot at paintball.

Helicopter Flights

(03) 541 9530. Scenic flights, Lord of the Rings Film Site Tours, Hunt & Fish Adventures, Back Country Hut Stays, Flying lessons.

Kitesurf Lessons

8 The Sands, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui. Freephone 0800 548 363. Learn to kitesurf with Nelson’s only specialist water sport retailer. Lessons run 7 days a week from October to March.

Natureland Zoo

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

Nayland Park Pools

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 Fun Park

Beach Reserve, Tahunanui. (03) 548 6267. Only 5-minute drive along the scenic waterfront from the Nelson City Centre. Great fun for young and old; Bumpa Boats, Hydro Slide, Mini Golf.

Nelson Hang-Gliding Adventures

(03) 548 9151 or 027 275 1022. Imagine yourself running down a hill, taking off and flying like a bird! The most natural way to fly. No motors - no noise. Flight duration is 15-minutes. They provide free transport within Nelson.

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 Guided Tours

(03) 542 3166. Go hunting the Kiwi style with an experienced guide on private land. Red deer, Wild pigs and goats, rabbits, quail, and possum. Firearms, ammunition, meals, and refreshments are provided. No license required, training and practice given. Helicopter hunts also available.

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.

Pro Karts

Tahuna Beach. (03) 548 5278. Enjoy the fun and exhilaration of kart racing on the 300Mt outdoor track. Test your driving skills, race your friends, record your times. Choice of family karts for mum, dad, and children over 9 years old and Pro Karts for those over 14 that want a bit more power.

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.

Skate Parks

Nelson’s skate park at Neale Park with ramps and rail-slides to challenge you! Access off the Atawhai Cycleway or Sovereign Street. Or show your skills at the Paru Paru Road skate park or the beginner’s ramp at the New Hub.

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 Mega Slide

Tahunanui Beach, 027 541 2341
Six lanes of sliding fun with 5 level jumps and slow and fast lanes suitable for the whole family. Open weekends, school and public holidays, and by appointment.

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.

Vertical Limits

Vanguard Street, Nelson (03) 545 7511. Indoor Climbing Centre
Open Mon-Thu 3-9pm. Fri 12-5pm. Sat 12-6pm. Sun 12-4pm
From 5yrs old upwards they have a climb to suit all levels. If you’re new to climbing their staff will give a short safety briefing & basic training so you can climb safely.

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.

Tasman Area - Action & Adventure

Abel Tasman Kayaks

Freephone 0800 732 529 Having enjoyed a fair wind and a growing reputation, Abel Tasman Kayaks has become a premium tourism experience for travellers and adventures.

Abel Tasman Marahau Kayaks

Freephone 0800 80 80 18. The Abel Tasman National Park is a unique environment accessible by land and sea, bounded by golden beaches, granite rock headlands and the deep blue water of Tasman Bay.

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).

Cape Farewell Horse Treks, Golden Bay

Book directly with them (03) 524 8031. email address: Experience some of the most fantastic riding in our beautiful and untouched corner of New Zealand. They say: “Our treks cater for all abilities and our horses are a well mannered and a very willing bunch. All care is taken by the team to ensure that you have a positive experience and great time. Our guides are trained in first-aid and are very competent communicators - both with horses and people. How to get there - Travel to Puponga, 26 kms north of Collingwood, (towards Farewell Spit) then a further 2 km towards Wharariki Beach.

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.

kahu Kayaks

Freephone 0800 300 101. Kahu Kayaks offers both freedom rentals for those who wish to explore the Abel Tasman coastline at their own pace, and a great range of guided kayaking trips from our base in Marahau - the gateway into the Abel Tasman National Park.

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.

Kaiteriteri Kayak Abel Tasman

Freephone 0800 252 925. With every trip they ensure that: safety is a priority, everyone has a relaxed time in an enjoyable atmosphere and that the beautiful environment is respected. Their trips are about choice guides and good times, not hard work. For lots of laughs join a trip with the locals.


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.

Scenic Microlight Flights

Freephone 0800 114 386. Go flying in their factory built state-of-the-art microlights. These aircraft feature a hang gliding wing and weight shift operation, very much like a traditional hang glider, but powered by a Rotax aircraft engine for optimum safety and reliability. Their pilots all have commercial licenses issued by Civil Aviation Authority. All flights leave from the Motueka Airfield. Feel the wind, the thrill, the magic of flight and wonder at the breath taking views of the Abel Tasman on one of their discovery flights.

Skydive Abel Tasman

Freephone 0800 114 386. Go flying in their factory built state-of-the-art microlights. These aircraft feature a hang gliding wing and weight shift operation, very much like a traditional hang glider, but powered by a Rotax aircraft engine for optimum safety and reliability. Their pilots all have commercial licenses issued by Civil Aviation Authority. All flights leave from the Motueka Airfield. Feel the wind, the thrill, the magic of flight and wonder at the breath taking views of the Abel Tasman on one of their discovery flights.

Skydive Abel Tasman

Hanger 1, Motueka Airport, Motueka. Freephone 0800 422 899. Enjoy a scenic flight with stunning views as you climb to altitude over snow-capped mountains, golden beaches and turquoise oceans: paradise. At 13,000ft, the aircraft door opens and the fun starts! Experience 50+ seconds of adrenaline fuelled freefall over Abel Tasman, taking in both views of the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Capture your experience with your own individual DVD and freefall photos. Skydive Abel Tasman is a skydive company owned and operated by a skydiver who has a passion for the sport. They assure the highest safety and quality experience.

Tandem Hang Gliding

Freephone 0800 114 386. Fly free as a bird. Feel the wind in your face and breathe in the essence of the forest as you soar the ridges and thermals. Drink in panoramic mountain and sea views. Experience the effortless beauty of silent flying. Sky Adventures use the latest tandem aero-towing techniques to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience possible.

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.

The Sea Kayak Company

506 High Street, Motueka. Freephone 0508 25 29 25.

Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park

Kayak, Walk, Boats, Lodges. Freephone 0800 223 582 Split Apple Paddle - Morning or Afternoon. The perfect Guided Kayaking adventure for families and first timers. Explore the golden beaches, islands, caves & natural features of the beautiful Kaiteriteri coastline - the highlight ‘Split Apple Rock’.

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

Golden Bay Area - Action & Adventure

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.

Farewell 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 breath taking 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.

Golden Bay Kayaks

Tennyson Street, Pohara, Golden Bay (03) 525 9095. Escape the congestion of the south - paddle the Northern Abel Tasman to experience the Park the way it used to be - spectacular and uncrowded.

Harwood's Hole

Harwood's Hole is a cave system located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of several important cave systems in Takaka Hill, between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. Starting at the surface as a 50 metre round entrance and descending 183 metres, Harwood Hole is New Zealand's deepest vertical shaft. Further in it connects with Starlight Cave. The long rope descent is considered one of the most spectacular parts of the caving experience at Harwood's. Harwood's Hole has an overall depth of 357m. Henry Harwood (1844–1927), with John Horton and Thomas Manson, opened up the Canaan Downs area and discovered Harwood's Hole, though it was not immediately entered. It remained untouched until cavers winched down in 1958. Upon completion of exploration in 1959, Harwood Hole became the deepest explored cave in New Zealand, a record that stood for many years.

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 Waikoropup? 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.

Takaka Icelandic Horse Treks

263 Rototai Road, (03) 525 9616 or 027 753 4381. Purebred in Iceland, these horses are comfortable, friendly, obedient and responsive to rider input. 1 & 2 hours treks available. 1 hour private riding lessons available too.

Nelson Lakes Area - Action & Adventure

Glider Flights

Visitors are welcome to visit our gliding strip located 10km west of St Arnaud on SH63 towards Kawatiri Jn. Please follow the signs and report to the clubhouse.
$60 vouchers can be purchased for a flight of up to 15-minutes.
Phone (03) 548 3533 for a voucher
Phone 03-5211870 to connect to Lake Station strip.

Ice Skating

The local ice skating pond periodically freezes during winter. To find out if it's frozen over, contact DoC St Arnaud Area Office. Skates are sometimes available for hire next to the St Arnaud Alpine Store.
Phone: (03) 521 1806

Mountain Biking

A number of Mountain Bike trails have been developed in the Teetotal Flat area. Department of Conservation
St Arnaud Area Office
View Road, St Arnaud.
Phone: (03) 521 1806

Rainbow Skifield

Winter fun for everyone - Rainbow's wide, uncrowded slopes and well-groomed trails provide superb terrain for beginners and intermediates. Advanced skiers challenge themselves in the high powder and shutes, while snowboarders love the varied terrain, bumps and drops. And when it's time for a break - relax in the cafe.
Onsite ski hire and reasonable rates.
Seasonal Phone: (03) 5211 861
Snowphone: 0832 22605 (calls cost 18c per minute)

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

Buller/Murchison Area - Action & Adventure

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.
New Zealand's longest swing bridge. Take the flying fox across the Buller River, pan for gold or enjoy one of the many walks in the area. Open every day.

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.


There is no excuse for boredom when you visit Murchison, a 1 ½ hour drive south of Nelson. Murchison is the heart of the ‘great outdoors’ with adventure and excitement at every turn. As the self-proclaimed ’white-water capital of New Zealand’ Murchison is a thrill-seeker’s dream. The Buller river offers some of the best white-water kayaking and rafting in the country and the Buller Gorge has its fair share of adventure activities. This is where you will find New Zealand’s longest swing bridge, at 110 metres long and 17 metres high. You can ride a 160 metre flying fox over the Buller River

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.

Whitewater Action Rafting Tours

Waller Street, behind Visitor Information Centre, Murchison. Freephone: 0800 100 582. Raft the big volume 'Earthquake Slip' rapids of the mighty Buller River. Consistent summer flows ensure this is the most reliable and exciting Grade 4 white-water in the country. This 3 hour river adventure on the West Coast's largest volume river provides a variety of invigorating experiences. Our professional guides cater to all thrill levels with fun, adventure and safety the main ingredients. River challenges include a 9m cliff jump, a Grade 2 swim rapid and inflatable kayaks. Your awesome river journey is completed with a riverbank barbeque and refreshments.

Whitewater World Cup Kayak Races & Bullerfest

Held annually in February on the Buller River and its tributaries, these events draw hundreds of kayakers and rafters to Murchison.

Marlborough Area - Action & Adventure

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.

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

London Quay, Picton. Freephone 0800 283 283. Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking - independent rental and guided trips available, Walking - Queen Charlotte Trace 4 and 5-day guided and freedom packages.

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.

Sounds Connection Fishing Charters

Freephone 0800 742 866. The Sounds Connection is a successful established tour company operating in the Marlborough region. They offer both scheduled fishing trips and private charters.

Century Park Motor Lodge

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