Nelson rests on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. One of the sunniest places in New Zealand, Nelson is a gateway to three National Parks and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
Te Waikoropupu Springs
The Te Waikoropupu Springs are New Zealand's largest freshwater springs. They are located in a reserve protecting old gold workings, regenerating forest and a patch of mature bush.
All contact with the water is forbidden, but there is a bush walk from the main carpark. Some of this is wheelchair accessible.
The springs are located 7 kilometress from the nearby township of Takaka.
Abel Tasman Coastal Track
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is a popular year-round walk. Extending for 54.4 kilometres, it is a three to five day walk, and can be walked with or without a guide.
Sea kayaking tours offer an ideal mix of walking and kayaking and allow you to explore the coast from the water.
There are huts and campsites along the walk where you can stay for a fee.
For more information see www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-tasman/golden-bay/abel-tasman-coast-track/.