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Abel Tasman Activities & Attractions

Nelson City

Nelson Provincial Museum –  The Nelson Provincial Museum is situated right in the heart of the City and offers a great insight into the history that has helped shape this amazing region.

Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory Tour –  A true blue success story, Pic’s have taken on the world (of peanut butter makers) and they are doing a fantastic job. A combination of a first-class product, which they will let you taste, and really clever marketing, has seen them start a bit of a revolution.

Nelson Saturday Market – World famous in New Zealand, or at least the South Island, the Saturday market is a fantastic mix of food, crafts, clothes, and things you probably didn’t even know existed. It is always a good day out and often spoken about as a highlight by many travelers.

Nelson Stand Up Paddle Board Hire –  Meet the team behind Moana NZ Stand Up Paddleboards. These guys will teach you how to look graceful atop one of their super cool boards. The calm waters at Tahunanui Beach make it the perfect place to have a go at stand up paddleboarding

Centre of New Zealand Walk – Now that you have made it here to our region you might as well make the most of this photo opportunity. A gentle climb will take you to the geographical centre of New Zealand which is marked with a monument and has stunning views across the city and out to sea. We will let you in on a secret, it makes for a pretty good photo.

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Between Nelson & Motueka

The Great Taste Trail – A great way to see a bit more of our region is to jump on a bike and ride the Great Taste Trail. As the name implies, there are plenty of opportunities along the way to enjoy the very best produce and products from the area.

Neudorf Winery Tasting – The Neudorf Winery has won many awards and we can understand why. We suggest you get dropped off, as you are most likely not going to want to leave. Not only will you love the wine, the surroundings and the setting are something very special too.

Golden Bear Brewery Tour – As far as craft breweries go, this one has a very special feature, its location. Right in the heart of Mapua’s wharf district, with stunning views across the estuary. It is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a couple of cold ones, or have a look around the brewery.

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Gecko Cinema – Absolutely a hidden little gem. The Gecko is loved by the locals and you will feel right at home. If you are looking for something a bit different and you enjoy a good movie, we would definitely recommend you visit the Gecko Cinema.

Motueka Sunday Market –  Every Sunday morning you will see something strange happening in Motueka, everyone starts heading to the reserve in the middle of town. For many of us, it has become a ritual and we go just to enjoy the atmosphere but we never leave hungry. If you are here on a Sunday, you should join us, you will love it.

Motueka Salt Water Baths –  An Iconic Motueka landmark which, not only is a practical alternative to the beach but also provides some of the area’s most spectacular sunrises. So, if you are an avid photographer we would highly recommend you get up early!

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Between Motueka and the Abel Tasman

Riwaka Resurgence –  Beautiful bush walk to the source of the Riwaka River. The water emerges from under the Takaka hill and creates cool and absolutely stunning clear pools of water. The locals have been known to have a dip, but be warned – penguins would find the water cold.

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Abel Tasman


Wilsons Abel Tasman – Offer a full range of services from boat cruise or kayak tour, to guided walking and accommodation.

Kaiteriteri Kayak – Based at stunning Kaiteriteri Beach, these guys have always had a focus on beautiful and fun experiences.

R&R Kayaks – A newer business, however, the owners have more experience than most. They grew up in the area and have spent years guiding in the National Park.

Abel Tasman Kayaks – Probably the biggest of the kayak companies that operate in the Abel Tasman National Park, they offer a vast range of trip and hire options.

Kahu Kayaks –  These local boys decided to start a kayak company and wouldn’t you know it, they are really good at what they do. Relaxed and calm with a bit of a laugh.

Abel Tasman Paddleboarding –  When it comes to relaxing and enjoying life, these guys have it sorted. Check them out.

Abel Tasman SUP – They love their office and it shows, based in Marahau on the edge of the National Park.

Kaiteriteri Kayak –  These guys will have you set up for fun in Kaiteriteri or in the National park itself.

Water Taxi

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle –  Operate larger, super comfortable, purpose-built catamarans and take you wherever you want to go in the National Park.

Wilsons Abel Tasman – Offer everything from one-way tickets to overnight stay and activity packages.

Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi – Operate a large fleet of 18 seater comfortable powerboats, offering cruises and transfers while taking you to the hidden gems of the park.

Marahau Water Taxi – Marahau Water Taxi runs water transportation services in the Abel Tasman National Park all year round.

Guided Walks

Wilson Abel Tasman – They take care of the details so you can experience the tranquility of the Abel Tasman National Park.

Abel Tasman Guides –  Their knowledgeable New Zealand guide will design a walking program especially for you.


Abel Tasman Canyons –  Prepare to laugh (and perhaps cry) slide, jump, and zip-line your way through the Abel Tasman National Park. Very cool.

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