Nelson New Zealand – Just NZ South Island

About The Region
Attractions + Events
Drive Times

About The Region

The Nelson region is the location of two of the popular Great Walks of New Zealand – The Heaphy Track and the Abel Tasman Experience. The Heaphy Track is located in the Kahurangi National Park and is the longest of the Great Walks. The Abel Tasman Experience is an awesome sea kayaking trip and includes some time hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Nelson is also spoilt with golden beaches, crystal clear waters, an abundance of wildlife and 3 national parks. The most well known being the Abel Tasman National Park. So if you enjoy the ‘great outdoors’ you will fall in love with Nelson.

“There is only one word for New Zealand – Epic!”
— Bear Grylls

Also waiting to be discovered are the many local vineyards in the west of the Nelson region. Enjoy a leisurely long lunch and cellar door tours at some of the many local wineries in this area.

Attractions + Events


  • Visit the World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars Museum
  • Abel Tasman National Park is NZ’s only coastal national park.
  • The 51 km 3-4 day Abel Tasman guided walk is very popular.
  • Nelson Lakes National Park is an alpine experience.
  • Kahurangi National Park (NZ’s 2nd largest) is predominantly a wilderness experience and home to the Heaphy Track.
  • Pupu Springs, near Golden Bay are reputed to be the world’s clearest springs.


  • 26th September 2015
    Abel Tasman Coastal Classic
  • 15th – 26th October 2015
    Nelsons Arts Festival
  • 24th – 26th October 2015
    Art Expo Nelson
  • March 2016
    MarchFest (Beer Festival)


New Zealand Nelson Map

Drive Times

From To Kms Hrs
Picton Nelson 144 kms 2 hrs
Picton Blenheim 30 kms 25 mins
Nelson Kaiteriteri 65 kms 1 hrs 15 mins
Nelson Greymouth 290 kms 4 hrs 10 mins