Activities

With three national parks on our doorstep, the Nelson region offers a surprisingly diverse range of activities throughout the year. Our benign climate and high sunshine hours mean it’s almost always a great time for hiking, sea kayaking, canyoning, biking, rafting, jet-boating, stand-up paddle boarding, and skydiving – you name it, you'll probably find it here.But if the outdoors isn't your style, there is still plenty to keep you entertained, with a full year-round events calendar, and a selection of extraordinary art galleries, museums, and restaurants to enjoy. We look forward to sharing the extraordinary place that we call home with you.

With 200 plus stalls at Montgomery Square showcasing the best of the Nelson region every Saturday 8am–1pm. Local arts, crafts, fashion, jewellery,...
This amazing museum showcases two very distinct collections that collide in a celebration of design, innovation and wonder.Where else in the world...
Free museum with diverse art exhibitions, a shop & a cafe serving delicious coffee & gourmet bites, overlooking the beautiful Queens Gardens. Open...
This thrilling “All Family” adventure park is just 15 minutes drive from Nelson. Spend the day on the amazing Skywire the worlds longest flying fox,...
A wonderful educational environment offering many hands on experiences with a variety of animals & birds.  Open 9.30am–4.30pm daily expect Christmas...
Held every Wednesday, 52 weeks of the year, rain or shine from 11am–4pm. Buy fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce that is sold directly to the...
Nelson Helicopters can place you in some of the most remote locations in New Zealand… breath-taking snow capped mountains, emerald seas, golden sands...
The Great Taste Trail is a scenic urban and coastal cycle route that wraps up and showcases to riders the very best that Nelson Tasman has to offer....
The Nelson Tasman region is a true mountain biking paradise, rated as a Gold Ride Centre by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Nelson...
Experience some of Nelson's finest wines, craft beers & local produce.  Half & full day options available - so sit back, relax and let someone else...
There are many boat cruise options available to explore the tranquil Abel Tasman National Park.  There is something on offer which is bound to suit...
Create a memory of a lifetime by kayaking the stunning turquoise waters of Abel Tasman. There are many kayaking options to choose from that include ...
Waka (Māori canoe) are the living expression of our tūpuna (ancestors) who sailed the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years. As the only form of...
The Centre of New Zealand on Botanical Hill is one of Nelson’s most popular walks and offers stunning views overlooking Nelson and the Tasman Sea. ....
At the mouth of the vast Waimea Estuary the Mapua Wharf is home to a vibrant collection of restaurants, cafe's, galleries, stores, and attractions.  ...
Explore displays of Nelson's heritage and learn the stories of our local people. Visit our businesses and artisans in character buildings. Take a...
Nelson Fun Park - Excitement & Fun for the Whole Family. Come down to the Beach and visit Nelson Fun Park with the Hyrdoslide, Mini Golf and the...
Fashion jewellery, findings, beads, supplies and creative workshops. World Class selection of beads and components. Beads for purchase or just browse...