One of the best things about New Zealand is the variety of landscape and scenery within driving distance.

To make your stay in Nelson more memorable, we have selected the best places and activities for you to do in Nelson, Mapua, Abel Tasman, Golden Bay and Nelson Lakes National Park.

Select the type of activity you would like to learn more about to view our suggestions.

Nelson Area

The best activities in the Nelson area

walking Tours - check out the wine & beer tours view more

scenery Walks - see Nelson's famous walks in and around the city view more

walking Places to see - all of Nelson's icons and must see spots view more

mueseum Museums and Art - see the local art and Nelson's history view more

cafe Shopping - local markets and attractions view more

food Places to eat - best cafe's, restuarants and bars view more

tourism Adventures - quad biking, flying fox, biking and adventure view more

beach Beaches - the must see sunny spots view more

cafe Relaxation - time to unwind and relax with a massage view more

Mapua Wharf

The best activities in Mapua Wharf

food Places to eat seaside restuarants and fresh food right on the wharf view more

sea Marine attractions boating, fishing and other adventures view more

art Art galleries locally handcrafted art and sculptures view more

Abel Tasman National Park

The best activities in Abel Tasman National Park

sea Adventure make your time in Abel Tasman unforgetable view more

fishing Fishing experience charter fishing around amazing scenery view more

tourism Tours relax on a boatride and reveal New Zealand's beauty view more

cafeCafe's enjoy the sun, sit down and have a coffee view more

art Art galleries check out the local art and sculptures view more

food Places to eat eat at the highest rated spots around Kaiteriteri view more

Golden Bay

The best activities in Golden Bay

tourism Tours - learn about NZ history and see the best parts view more

beach Beaches - see the golden beaches loved by locals view more

scenery Places to see - from crystal clear water to nature reserves view more

art Art galleries - more art and sculptures you must see view more

food Places to eat - the best places you can chill out and eat view more

walking Walks - great tracks and walks into the heart of NZ forest view more

Nelson Lakes National Park

The best activities in Nelson Lakes National Park

walking Walks - the best, unique tracks for walks to experience true NZ view more

map Places to see - Blue lake holds a world record for the clearest water view more

fishing Fishing - one of the best places for trout fishing view more

snow Skiing - nice, family friendly skifields worth visiting view more

scenery Ice skating - an outdoor ice skating ring (check when its frozen first!) view more

The Nelson App

The Nelson App


While you're staying in Nelson, you can download The Nelson App which features local news, sports, events and useful information. Its a great way to see the Nelson community and its surroundings.

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