Nelson is a paradise located at the topmost part of South Island. Its fertile land, sunny climate and sheltered coastline were discovered by the first Maori settlers who made it their home. Nelson is one of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand nestled between the southern Alps and lovely sunny beaches. A diverse and inclusive culture flourishes here with a wonderful mix of artists, craftsmen, farms and orchards and some authentic Maori communities. Most of all, Nelson epitomizes the friendly, happy culture of New Zealand!
Nelson enjoys the best climate in New Zealand with wonderful sunny summers and clear cool winters. Its setting is remarkable with beaches on one hand and the Mount Arthur Range as a backdrop on the other. The region has three national parks and two marine reserves within 1.5 hours drive away giving an endless opportunity for adventure and exploration. There is wine tasting, beaches, fishing, walking, exploring, dining, kayaking, relaxing... you have everything at Nelson!
At Nelson, you can indulge in adventure activities all year around as it is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and 200 days of sunshine in a year. Enjoy shopping and immerse yourself in the local arts and crafts, ceramics, glassblowers, woodworkers and jewelers.
Welcome to the Abel Tasman National Park, the only coastal national park in New Zealand and situated at the very top of the South Island. Abel Tasman is predominantly covered by native bush, it has several walking trails and is bordered by crystal clear aqua green/blue waters. It is a pristine, untouched paradise! There are no driving roads and the only access is by walking, light aircraft, boat and water taxis. The Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline and goes through thick bush, hills and beautiful beaches making this wonderful trail one of New Zealand’s “great walks”! Generally, trekkers complete this walk in 3 to 5 days.
Visitors come from all over the world to explore the wonders of Abel Tasman. You can visit the marine reserve, or see fur seals or enjoy the lovely trails, especially the Abel Tasman Walking Track. Come visit Abel Tasman, this untouched paradise!