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What to see and do in Nelson

Nelson is one of New Zealand's premier cities to visit. Situated at the top of the South Island, it is well-known for having the highest sunshine hours in the country, and all that warmth seems to have transferred to the population, creating a welcoming and creative vibe. There are over 350 working artists living in the Nelson and Tasman region, many with studios open to visitors. The famous World of Wearable Arts event started in Nelson, and though it has now become so big it transferred to the big smoke of Wellington, the original exhibits are at the World of Wearable Arts and Collectable Cars Museum. You can see lots of arts and crafts in one place at the famous Nelson Saturday Market. Hoglund Art Glass is a world class glass-blowing operation, with a studio and gallery open to visitors, just 20 minutes from Nelson city. With its wonderful climate, Nelson is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.  Check out all the information in our travel guide. 

  Discover what Nelson has to offer!

Nelson is a unique place to visit and a hire car is the most convenient way to explore the city and the surrounding region. 

The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park, but is perfectly formed along a string of golden sand beaches. The Abel Tasman track within the park is one of New Zealand's Great Walks, a concept of premium walking experiences with fantastic facilities. The park is popular for sea kayaking also, with guided trips of up to five days available. The Tonga Island Marine Reserve is at the top of the Abel Tasman, and is home to dolphins, seals and penguins. If you don't think you can kayak all the way there, you can always catch a water-taxi instead. The Kahurangi National Park is also handy to Nelson, home to the famous Heaphy walking track. In the winter season, the track is open to mountain bikers.

The latest tourist initiative that has created a buzz in the city is the 'Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail,' 175 kms of cycleway that explores the rich foodie culture of the region, from organic bakeries to boutique brewers. If you haven't got time for the whole ride, you can just take a section, such as the 38 km ride that starts at the airport, and can take you to Rabbit Island.

No matter what you like to do when travelling, Nelson really has got something for everyone, and a hire car gives you total freedom to do it all. If you need help to narrow down those choices, check out our handy guide below. 

001.png Things to Do | 041.png Places to Stay | 002.png Places to Eat

001.png THINGS TO DO

Abel Tasman Kayaks

Address: Main Rd, RD2, Marahau Nelson

The Abel Tasman Park is a sea-kayaking mecca.  Get here by car rental and experience a unique way to enjoy the beach. Explore the serene and gorgeous blue beaches, coves, lagoons, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forests all in one trip. They also offer guided day tours for half day, full day, or overnight excursions. 

Reid Heslop Helicopters 

Address: 256 Eighty Eight Valley Rd, Wakefield

With the aid of a car, drive your way to Reid Heslop Helicopters and explore the best that Nelson has to offer with one of their adventure flights or helicopter charter. Fun-filled activities such as trout fishing, overnight stays, hiking, wine tours, etc. They also offer wedding and engagement flights, a luxury lodge transfer, and extremely awesome and exclusive mountain landings.

Wine, Art, and Wilderness 

Address: 7 Majestic Way, The Wood, Nelson

Nelson's premier tour company. Delight in the city's best by car hire and get introduced to the actual creators of art, and world-class wine together with the finest local products. The Wilderness Eco Tours offers an efficient explanation and exclusive access to all national parks and Golden Bay.


Click here for list of tracks

If your shoes where made for walking, then Nelson is known for its walkways with over 40 designated walks within a short distance from the city. Hire cars surely provide you flexibility for your holiday.


003.jpg Ratanui Lodge

Address: 818 Abel Tasman Dr, Pohara

Ranked #1 of 71 hotels in Nelson, this cosy cottage like accommodation is your home away from home. It's like staying with your grandma with all the vintage wooden furniture like decor and superb customer service. You'll be fussed over like your royalty.

004.jpg Almond House Backpackers

Address: 63 Grove Street, The Wood, Nelson

Must stay at the best Hostel in Nelson! With its great central location, provides
only a 10min walk to town, very homely feel with well equipped and clean facilities. Not to mention the great service reviews. Perfect for those on a budget looking for a quality, comfortable and hospitable place to stay.


003.jpg Mint Dining Room Restaurant

Address: 20 Harley Street, Nelson

This award winning fine dining restaurant offers perfection on a plate and with its entirely new fit out and refurbishment, you'll feel like your dining at home with its cosy warm wooden interiors and cottage detail exterior. 

Great food in a warm romantic atmosphere. 
Open: Tues-Sat Evenings from 5:30pm

035.png Penguino Gelato Ice-cream & Cafe

Address: 85 Montgomery Square, Nelson

Need refuge from the rigours of shopping? Then head to one of Nelson's favourite summer spots to cool down. With its huge variety of flavours to choose from and the extra options of bakery and coffee specialties, makes a perfect place to whine down for the individual or family traveler.

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