Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay to the north-west. The city serves as the gateway to three national parks, all within 60-90 minutes of the city.
The popular Abel Tasman National Park entices visitors with its clear sheltered coastline, and the Abel Tasman Coast Track – one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks.”
Nelson Lakes National Park to the south offers an alpine landscape with majestic mountains and lakeside walks.
The diverse landscape of the huge Kahurangi National Park to the west of the region offers remote adventure in a pristine environment, including another of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”, the Heaphy Track.
Nelson is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism and offers a wide range of visitor experiences.
The following list and the map above are intended to give you some ideas of what to do and where to go and help you plan your activities in Nelson.
We are pleased to provide more information, including brochures, advice based on personal experience and booking services for the various activities in the wider Nelson area.