Top o’ the South and sheltered by two mountain ranges, the whole Nelson area delights artists, growers, outdoor sports fans, fishers, and boaters.  From the city shopping of Nelson, to the golden sands of Kaiteriteri, the Nelson Region has something for everyone.

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 Cold Water Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



From funky backpackers to luxury lodges and everything in between, Nelson offers an array of affordable, exceptional - often waterfront - accommodation. 

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 Water taxi, Abel Tasman National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



The Nelson region is spoiled for choice when it comes to activities. Three popular national parks are located nearby, offering visitors an array of options.

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About the Nelson Region

Situated at the top of the South Island, the Nelson Region boasts some of the best weather, beaches, seafood and outdoor pursuits in the country. From local scallops and golden beaches, to sky-diving and tramping, there's something for everyone.

Nelson is emerging as the craft brewing captial of New Zealand, and Abel Tasman was recently voted by kiwis as the #1 destination "must do's" for kiwis.

Nelson boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Close to the city is Tahunanui - a shallow swimming beach, especially good for children. A little further afield try Kaiteriteri, Golden Bay, or Collingwood - golden, sunny and serene. Simply perfect.

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How do you get to Nelson?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Nelson Airport offers numerous flights to all of the domestic main centres. Air2There offers flights between Nelson and Wellington.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Nelson.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Many of NZ's national bus networks operate services to Nelson, from where buses and shuttles can often be caught to some of the region's smaller destinations. Several tour companies visit the region. Nelson city offers a public bus service.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Nelson Airport and Nelson city are both home to a wide range of well-known rental vehicle companies. Car hire pick-ups from the airport should be arranged before your arrival.