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Where to Eat

The Abel Tasman region is famous for its food, wine and beer

Nelson City

Urban Eatery Restaurant and Bar – Urban Eatery is one of Nelson’s best kept secrets with atmosphere to boot and food that is cooked with passion and sourced from local suppliers. They offer a cosy atmosphere and all the food is prepared to share, making it the ultimate destination for couples looking for something a bit special.

Hopgoods Restaurant – Hopgoods is one of Nelson’s finest restaurants offering a menu that is sure to please even the fussiest of diners! The menu changes regularly at Hopgoods but the exceptional service and high quality produce remains the same. It’s a local favourite for Skydive Abel Tasman Owner Stuart Bean too!

Fords Restaurant – Fords offers a relaxing and comfortable sanctuary in the heart of Nelson city, situated at the upper end of Trafalgar Street. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so there is no excuse not to try the exquisite food at Fords Restaurant!

Boat Shed Restaurant –  You could say the Boat Shed’s location is an unfair advantage – situated over the water on Nelson’s magical waterfront. You can appreciate the view here at any time of day but evening dining at the Boat Shed is a particularly noteworthy setting. If you’re a seafood lover, look no further than the Boat Shed on Wakefield Quay!

The Indian Cafe – The Indian Cafe is Nelson’s ethnic restaurant of choice, boasting a well deserved reputation of excellence with locals and tourists alike. The Indian Cafe offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with incredible fresh Indian cuisine to match.

Avocado toast

Between Nelson & Motueka

Apple Shed Restaurant –  Locals just can’t get enough of the innovative dishes the Apple Shed serves up! The delicious meals are well complemented by an impressive selection of wine and beer, all enjoyed with an unbeatable view of the Waimea Inlet from their location on the Mapua Wharf.

Jester House Cafe – You don’t want to rush a trip to Jester House – it’s far more than just a cafe! Enjoy a coffee or some tasty dishes in the peaceful surroundings of the Jester House garden. This cafe is a winner for the kids too – with tame eels, a fun maze, life size chess board and much more.

The Moutere Inn – The oldest pub in New Zealand is refreshingly original, full of character and rich in history. It also offers an impressive menu nicely complemented by wines and beers that are all sourced from neighbouring wineries and breweries. A must visit!

Riverside Cafe – Another impressive local establishment with plenty of history to boot! The Riverside Cafe is situated in a charming 150 year old homestead surrounded by an artfully landscaped garden. The cafe is run by the Riverside Community, which has been around since 1941.

Jellyfish Cafe – The Jellyfish Cafe is situated right on the waterfront of the coastal village Mapua. The menu has a strong mediterranean influence and offers something for everyone. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself on a trip to the Mapua Wharf!

A hotel patio


Toad Hall Motueka –  Originally started out as a fruit and vege shop, TOAD Hall quickly gained a reputation for it’s delicious real fruit ice creams (which are still as popular as ever!). But the story of TOAD Hall has evolved since then – now offering an impressive selection of fresh juices and smoothies, fine dining, craft beers, wines and even live music in summer. TOAD Hall is a must visit…..and not just because their staff love skydiving!

Chokdee Thai Restaurant – A long standing favourite with Motueka locals – Chokdee offers tasty tradition Thai cuisine with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Every dish is prepared from scratch with an uncompromising commitment to quality. The owner of Chokdee (who also have a restaurant in Nelson) is not only a keen sport skydiver but also one of the founders of Skydive Abel Tasman too!

Sprig & Fern Motueka –  The Sprig & Fern is a popular local craft beer tavern that unapologetically has “no TV’s, pokie machines or pool tables”, promoting good old fashioned conversation and human interaction as a viable alternative. It also offers a great selection of food featuring all your favourites such as pizzas, burgers, steak, fish and chips and their famous crispy potatoes!

The inside of a restaurant

Between Motueka and the Abel Tasman

Ginger Dynamite – A real feel good story. After having built a loyal following with their very tasty and freshly made food and coffee, the original premise of this business was ravaged by a fire leaving the owners in shock. The community rallied around them and they soon reopened out of a very funky converted shipping container. Make sure to stop in as you pass through Riwaka

Hooked On – A very nice restaurant right on the waterfront in Marahau. The restaurant was completely refurbished in 2016 and offers a great selection of dishes throughout the day. A great place to relax after a hard day’s play in the National Park.

Fat Tui Marahau –  A real Kiwi classic, super relaxed setting, great food and always ready with a smile and a laugh. If you have a craving for a burger we highly recommend you seek out this hidden gem.