Things to do
Nelson is a small city located on the edge of all kinds of beautiful scenery and terrain.
For the active visitor to Nelson we recommend the National Parks and especially the Abel Tasman. Nelson is also a great base for other outdoor and sporting activities such as golfing, skiing and all kinds of water activities.
For visitors looking for a more leisurely stay, there are many interesting things to see, shops and a wonderful market in Nelson.
Itineries for 3-day Nelson stays
Directions and locations for all stops or items of interest are available in your room’s compendium with copies and maps for you to take with you on your daily excurions.
- A Day at Abel Tasman National Park with a Crusie along the coast to view the park, a hike in the park and a picnic lunch. Or, try a kayak experience along the coast of the Abel Tasman park and inlets, encountering seals along the way.
- Wine and Art tour of Nelson to Mapua returning via the Upper Moutere Valley. Exquisite Boutique Wineries with hand crafted wines. A day to actually chat with many of the vintners, or their families and taste their loving creations at the same time. Meet some of the artists and artisans in this charming area.
- How about a casual day in Nelson’s Central Business District and adjacent areas. Your task will be to select from the many Art Galleries, World of Wearable Art and Antique Car Museum, Miiyazu Japanese Gardens, The Suter Art Gallery, Flame Daisy or Hougland Art Glass Studios, while leaving time for a stroll along the Maitai River Walkway and Queens Gardens. Oh, yes, save time to browse at Jens Hansen Jewelers, the designer and maker of the “True Ring” fashioned for the “Lord of the Rings”. Your day will include the hunt for the perfect lunch at the many excellent resturants and cafes withing walking distance of the Nelson Cathedral.
- If you are in Nelson on Saturday, we definately recommend spending time at Nelson’s Saturday Market. It reminds us of the country markets in the south of France and is always fun to wander around listening to the musicians, sampling the flavors of the local purveyors and just enjoying the ambience of a glorious day in Nelson.