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Water Activities



Nelson is a vibrant and sunny coastal region, home to golden beaches and sheltered bays perfect for sailing adventures.

Experience secret lagoons, islands and New Zealand fur seals when you charter or hire a yacht. The perfect region for exploring, swimming and relaxing, the Nelson region offers both single and multi-day sailing experiences.



Fishing is a very popular leisure activity in Nelson. Saltwater fishing in New Zealand is free and can be done from the shore (surf casting) or by boat. Common fish are Snapper, Kawhai, Blue Cod and Shark. Popular spots in Nelson are at the Backbeach, along Rocks Road and the port.


Fly Fishing

New Zealand’s Nelson/Marlborough region offers some of the best, most easily accessible brown trout fishing in the country. In fact many of New Zealand’s fishing guides who specialise in sighted brown trout fishing, work in this region.