Nelson - Things to do
Nelson City, Tahunanui, Tasman Bay, Nelson Lakes, Golden Bay, New Zealand, has many things to see and do, below is just a few that our guests to have loved, we know that you will enjoy your time in our lovely region.
Nelson and Tasman Bay Wine tours 25 boutique wineries from hills to the plains all creating exquisite Nelson wines. Nelson wines are sold around the world, but you can try them all here, meet the winemakers, taste your own selection and relax in the beautiful Nelson and Tasman Bay surroundings with food to compliment. Discover Nelson on your own (we can help you organise a good selection for you to try) or enjoy a tour which can pick and drop you off from your door at Admirals Motor Inn. With several Nelson wine and vineyard tours operating you can choose the day out that appeals most.
For more information about local wine tours visit Bay Tours Nelson Nelson Winery Tours
Nelson Craft Beers "With 12 breweries, 12 brands of beer, and the only region in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially, Nelson is quite deserving of the title of New Zealand's craft beer capital.
" Beer has been central to the local culture of the Nelson-Tasman region, dating back to the first New Zealand settlements in the 1840s. Early German settlers in Sarau found the Moutere to be an ideal location and climate to cultivate hops, and an extensive brewing tradition followed."
Emphasising the close proximity of many of the attractions, the map suggests, "They make a perfect excuse for a half-day or full-day tour exploring all the gorgeous corners of the region. Climbing from the waterfront up into the foothills, watch for historic hop kilns along the way."
Nelson Pottery and craft tours – Often the Nelson wine and crafts tours are combined. The Nelson/Tasman region is home a large network of talent, from fine art and prints,fibre art, pottery to exquisite jewellery. Nelson city is small enough to do a walking tour of the city and discover the unique Nelson shops and stores, who are mostly independent business people. Or explore the Nelson, Tahunanui and Richmond region by car, visiting the local Nelson artists and craftspeople outside the city at their studios.
Able Tasman National park – Our most popular Day trip, every guest that goes to the Able Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand, comes back with great stories and postcard photos of themselves in this truly unique and beautiful part of the Able Tasman National park, South Island, New Zealand. Drive to the very beginning of the National park or catch a bus/coach from Nelson city. Once at the Able Tasman walk or travel by boat into the park. There are now some excellent trips for people that may have mobility problems so no one has to miss out on seeing this wonderful New Zealand National park. Not to be missed part of Nelson region. Helpful Local operators will help you pick out the best option for you. For prices and further information visit:
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Sails from Nelson Harbour during the Summer Season
Nelson city Art and Crafts Saturday markets – If you’re in Nelson city on a Saturday, going to the Saturday Markets in Montgomery Square is a must. A large gathering of Craftspeople, artists, unique Nelson food to try is all right there. An easy walk into the Nelson city market (no need to worry about car parking). Relax, enjoy, more than likely buy something to take home and then have a coffee with something to eat. A perfect Nelson city morning.
Founders Organic Brewery.
Nelson's Founders Organic Brewery is nestled in Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Drive. Its here they make their award winning range of organic beers, and tasting and tours are available for a small cost. Founders Café has a reputation for its wholesome food, 75% which is organic, and local is always their first choice. There is an all day breakfast on the weekends, and a late night on Nelson Fridays when you can shop at the Farmers Market also in the park. This is a unique, private setting, families are very welcome in this safe environment. Open 7 days.
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Happy Valley Adventures - Set in scenic bush overlooking the stunning Cable
Bay coastline, Happy Valley have some great activities for families or
groups and we get really good feedback about the fun to be had on the farm.
Activities include driving the four wheel drive ATV motorbikes, riding the
Skywire (the world's longest flying fox), paintball - and watch out for the
thrill of the Argo, a real blast for all ages! Owners Keith and Jill and
their friendly team are always ready to make sure you have a fun and
rewarding experience every time you come and visit their scenic paradise.
Just 15 minutes drive from Nelson with transit available if required - just
ask when booking.
Happy Valley Adventures
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For times and Distances from Nelson city to other major South Island Cities and Towns click below
Nelson city Times and Distances
Nelson City is named after Lord Admiral Nelson,
Lord Admiral Nelson . If there is anything that is not mentioned above please feel free to email us and we will be happy to help.