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.
Nelson, Golden Bay, and Abel Tasman
Situated in the centre of New Zealand, Nelson enjoys more sunshine hours than any other area in New Zealand. The Nelson scenery is magnificent with its rivers, sandy beaches, and sheltered bays. The changing seasons provide the Nelson tourist with magnificent views at any time of year.
The relaxed holiday atmosphere, proximity to the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, and the lovely sandy beaches of Tasman Bay and Golden Bay are just a few of the reasons why Nelson is such a popular holiday destination.
Nelson has three vastly different national parks – all within ninety minutes drive of the city. New Zealand’s favourite is the Abel Tasman National Park, with its renowned coastal tracks, remote golden beaches, the leafy shade of tracks skirting calm inlets, safe water for kayaking, swimming with seals, or luxury lodge accommodation in the heart of the park.
The more rugged Nelson Lakes National Park has lakeside tracks and trails winding upwards through beech forests to the serenity of alpine meadows. Try skiing in winter, boating in summer and the village experience of St Arnaud for a range of food and accommodation.
Then there’s over 400,000 hectares of wilderness recently created, designated as the Kahurangi National Park. Lofty birches, soft ferns and mosses, vivid blooms of Rata, Nikau Palms against the wild sea – the native forest sweeps from mountains to the coast, accessible on a range of tracks including the Heaphy, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.
The Boulder Bank
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