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Nelson Things to Do

Activities in Nelson include:

  • Walking, hiking
  • Mountain biking, cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Heritage tours
  • Horse trekking
  • Shopping
  • Dining out
  • Scenic flights
  • Winery tours
  • Day trips to Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park or Kahurangi National Park

Guided safari to Farewell Spit

Join a guided safari to Farewell Spit and explore the bird sanctuary and wetland. Walk on the base of the spit or take a 4WD safari along to the lighthouse.

Wharariki Beach

Walk along Wharariki Beach and explore the wild and beautiful coastal landscape. See where the wind and waves have created massive rock and sand dune formations.

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.

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