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Nelson Region

Welcome to Nelson Tasman!

A paradise landscape of truly golden beaches with clear turquoise waters is home to three national parks, a slew of festivals, boutique breweries, wineries and bucket loads of fresh produce; this region will win your heart.Kaiteriteri Nelson

Nelson Tasman Region

Nelson TasmanThe Nelson Tasman region is a living canvas for one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful masterpieces. With gorgeous beaches, stunning shorelines, lush forests and incredible mountains - it's a nature lover's paradise. Add in the amazing array of fresh produce available year round including award winning wines, plus a thriving cultural scene and it's easy to see why Nelson Tasman appeals to so many.

Find out for yourself why this region has become so popular with Kiwi's wanting a lifestyle change, and international visitors alike - Mad for Nelson Tasman! sums it up nicely!   

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Nelson Tasman Itineraries

Kahurangi National Park Not quite sure how to manage your time? We have a couple of suggestions that might make life easier for you.
* Nelson Tasman Region
* 8 Days: Nelson Tasman - Marlborough - West Coast

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Nelson City Guide

Nelson CityNelson may be on of the countries oldest cities but it bustles with bright energy and vitality.

A city of cafes, restaurants, craft outlets, gardens, galleries and museums; it's creative beauty is only rivaled by what Mother Nature has whipped up.

Conveniently close to Abel Tasman National Park as well as quite a few award winning vineyards if you prefer exploration of the palate, there is so much to see and do in beautiful Nelson.

With the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, make Nelson a must visit on your trip. 

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Nelson Tasman Towns: They're Hot Spots all year round!

Things to do NelsonThe Nelson Tasman region covers a fair distance so it's not surprising that there are a fair few small, gem like towns, that you really should make the effort the visit if you're heading that way on holiday.

Proving that bigger really isn't always better, and that small can be perfectly formed no matter the season, we've singled out the best places in the region for you to stop by, snap a pic and say Gidday Mate. Or Kia Ora. You choose.

Puponga     Collingswood  Takaka  Pohara  Golden Bay  Paton's Rock  Marahau  Kaiteriteri

Ruby Bay  Mapua     Upper Moutere  Richmond  Tapawera  Murchison  St. Arnaud

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Nelson Region: Abel Tasman; Kahurangi; Nelson Lakes National Parks

Abel Tasman National Park. Photo by Marc VeraartThe Nelson region boasts three national parks, all distinctly differently and taking in a diverse range of scenery.The Abel Tasman National Park might be the smallest National Park but it's also the most accessible and beautiful which is why it's one of the most popular. 

In Maori, Kahurangi means Treasured Possession, and this National Park certainly is with a spectacular environment featuring karst landforms, caves, forests, tussock and mountains, Nelson Lakes takes it names from the water filled troughs gauged by glaciers from the last Ice Age. Known as Lake Rotoiti & Lake Rotoroa, the park is accessible from Nelson and the West Coast. 
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Great Walks in Nelson Tasman

Nelson Lakes National ParkThere are some great walks in New Zealand, in fact nine designated Great Walks and two of them are in the Nelson Tasman area!
Great Walks of New Zealand

Plus there are plenty of other amazing walks in the area too 
* OTHER great walks in the Nelson Tasman Area

And don't forget the Department of Conservation - pretty much the guru website of ALL walks, short and long, plus track conditions, fitness ratings and any other information you need to know.
Always check their site before you leave, even if you're 100% it's only an easy, quick walk you're doing.  More info

Photography  Credits

Left to right, top to bottom of the page.

#1 - Kaiteriteri Beach. By Mike Campbell, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.
#2 - Waiharokeke Bay, Abel Tasman National Park.
#3 - Kahurangi National Park. © BBC - 'From Hobbiton to Mordor'.  
#4 - Abel Tasman National Park. By Chris Murphy, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons
#5 - The Heaphy Track - Kahurangi National Park. By Karolinesche courtesy Flickr Creative Commons. 
#6 - Sunset over Tahunanui beach and cliffs, Nelson City. By Ace37, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.
#7 - Rawhiti Cave Trek, Golden Bay. By Flinstoners87, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons. 
#8 - Mapua. By Faith Barker, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.

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