where you arrive by Ferry. the Habour area has a lively bu also laid back atmosphere. the sandy beaches in secluded bay's, clear, clean waters inviting for a dip. then take your time to check out the lovely wee shops and the Cafes/Restaurants,the seafood is superb.
find a bus connection or rent a car to drive through the dramatic headlands towards Nelson
Nelson- Our final destination
"Nelson- Myriad forms"
Golden beaches, indigo skies, crystal rivers, spectacular national parks, blue seas- you name and you'll find it in Nelson. We had read so much about Nelson before reaching the same that we decided to spend a good 5 days here before bidding adieu to NZ.
Abel Tasman’s golden beaches and expansive estuaries are spectacular and world renowned. Native bush is punctuated by rocky outcrops of granite, limestone and marble. This stunning landscape provides the perfect setting year round to recharge your batteries. You do spot quite a few native birds, seals and dolphins.
"Kayaking and more"
Sea-kayaking operators based at Nelson, Marahau, Kaiteriteri and Golden Bay offer guided trips and freedom rentals, plus gear and safety advice. Walk through the native bush on the inland route or watch seals on the beach along the coast. Paddle a traditional Maori waka (carved canoe), skydive or speed through the waves on a water taxi, we did the same starting from Kaiteriteri upto Farewell Spit. Had a wale of a time!
"Abel Tasman- Wild wild NZ"
NZ’s smallest national park is 22,350ha, and is famous for its golden beaches stretching from Marahau, near Motueka, to Wainui Bay, in Golden Bay. There are two walking tracks; the beautiful coastal track, and the inland track through the hilly centre of the park. Bring your own supplies and hiking gear. Near Marahau, and a short drive from Motueka, is Kaiteriteri Beach a favourite holiday spot with accommodation, restaurants, camping, playgrounds and golden sands.The park was named after the Dutch explorer who visited the area in 1642. The Tonga Island Marine Reserve protects fish, shellfish, seals and seabirds. The inland track’ features the 178m-deep Harwood’s Hole, the deepest sinkhole in the Southern Hemisphere.