Nelson/Tasman Things to Do

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Nelson/Tasman Things to Do

  • Kakas, Bellbirds & Co. on Walks in...

    The Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project has lead to a fascinating result: Birdlife is thriving in the beech forests around Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park, rare species have recovered and you can see and hear some of New Zealand's most fascinating birds on short walks from Kerr Bay which is the lakeshore of St. Arnaud.Before pests like...

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  • Golden Bay

    one of the most frequented places in the South Island....known for great Beaches,hiking the Abel Tasman Track.....and no worries about the weather.an enchanting, beautiful place.....not always tranquile, a lot of Kiwis choose the place for there own Holidays..but hey, I always say..mingle with the locals.the website belowe is terrific, with all the...

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  • Split Apple Rock and the Geology of Abel...

    After I had seen a photo of Split Apple Rock I absolutely wanted to see this obviously huge rock. On the photos and postcards you see a man in the V-shaped gap of this apple-shaped rock broken in two pieces. I expected a huuuuuuge rock-sculpture.Well, it was still a very big rock - but I admit, I had expected double size LOL Still it was...

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  • Seals and Seal Swim in Abel Tasman...

    Tonga Island is the breeding island of the seals off the coast of the Abel Tasman National Park. The beaches of this island are made up of steep boulders with crevices and tidal pools where you can spot a lot of seals at certain times of the year. But also on the rocky parts of the other islands off the coast - like Adele and Fisherman Island - you...

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  • Coastal Track

    Different in every part you will enjoy the fantastic scenery of the New Zealand native rainforest with huge fern trees, pass a real suspension bridge or have to walk over the beaches of golden sand and will have to cross some inlets (ask for the tides). The track runs for 50 km from Marahau along some lovely beaches like Torrent Bay, Bark Bay to...

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  • Abel Tasman NP - small but beautiful

    Although the smallest of all national parks in New Zealand, it has a lot to offer. Most famous is the Coast Track (total 50 km). This track runs from Marahau along some beaches to Awaroa Bay (with lodge) and further north.You can hike along this beautiful track for more days (along the track you will find camping areas) or just do a part. We took a...

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  • Hire a Bike or Go on a Mountainbike Trip

    Finally you can hire mountainbikes and go on freedom or guided trips in Marahau and bike in the Abel Tasman National Park. I had considered hiring a bike for biking in the Motueka area but got lured off this activity by the offer of a kayak trip and the walk to Split Apple Rock... I will try again next time ;-)But I can already say now that I would...

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  • The Land Access to Split Apple Rock

    You can also have a great view of Split Apple Rock for free - by walking down to the beach.At low tide you could access the beach from Kaiteriteri by climbing over the rocks of two bays. But I would not really recommend this. Although the rock is closer to Marahau you do not reach it on foot from there as you would have to cross the tidal mudflats...

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  • Kayaking along Abel Tasman National Park...

    Click here for Part 1Depending on how many water taxi rides are included, the prices for the trips vary a lot. The cheapest option for a guided tour is the Split Apple Classic half-day tour ($80) which does not require any water-taxi ride. You will see and stop at this famous apple-shaped split rock near a beach between Kaiteriteri and Marahau on...

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  • Kayaking along Abel Tasman National Park...

    Finally I went on a kayak trip in the Abel Tasman National Park. And as a super-athlete in athletics I thought I should go on a full-day kayaking trip - which somehow was the wrong decision as I normally do not paddle during the year although I once learnt it on the Danube. Although it was a great day out on the water five hours paddling was...

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  • Birdwatching in Marahau (Abel Tasman...

    Marahau is not just a great place to start a walk on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, take a water taxi or make a tour in a sea-kayak. It is also wonderful for birdwatching.If you leave the township towards the Coastal Track, just at the carpark, do not walk along the road but on the boardwalks through the wetlands, and over the beach at the start of...

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  • Symphony of Colours on Abel Tasman...

    Although you are not alone on this rather easy walk in the Abel Tasman National Park - one of NZ's Great Walks - you are in totally peaceful surroundings because there is no car access. The only noise you hear is the song of tuis, bellbirds and silvereyes. You can walk the whole Coastal Track in two to five days or just get out for a great day...

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  • Beaches, Gardens and Festivals of Nelson

    Although not really spectacular, the grey-coloured modern Christ Church Cathedral dominates the sunny and relaxed town of Nelson, as it sits on a hill above the harbour and the town, right at the end of the main shopping street (Trafalgar St). There you have lots of restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating areas and the nice view.In the warm...

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  • Nelson Lakes - The Secrets of a Honeydew...

    As mentioned in the tip about birdwatching in the beech forests of the Nature Recovery Project on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, the honeydew forests play a big role in the survival of endemic and native birds, especially the honeyeaters which first and foremost are the bellbird (korimako) and the tui.They heavily depend on the honeydew droplets in...

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  • Trips from Takaka to Golden Beaches +...

    Although Golden Bay is a remote area as it has road access only from one side, and this is over a nearly endless hill (Takaka Hill) which reaches 792m, it is a favourite holiday destination. If you are there you do not wonder why. The red-golden beaches are spectacular. North-west of the lovely dairying town of Takaka, also known for its beautiful...

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  • Experience the Ngarua Caves on Takaka...

    They call it Middle Earth experience, as the Lord of the Rings trilogy seems to attract visitors automatically, I would rather call it inner earth experience: A visit to the Ngarua Caves on Marble Mountain (= Takaka Hill) offers a lot of interesting subterranean displays, as millions of stalactites and even the skeletal remains of the moa, New...

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  • Motueka: Flight Adventures, Fresh Fruit...

    Even the signs along the roads can show the unique features of a region. Around the town of Motueka you might see signs warning of fruit trucks. No wonder why. Motueka is an important centre for its hops, grapes and fruit - especially apples, pears, peaches and some oranges. You can find a lot of honesty stalls where fresh produce is sold.Beside...

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  • Green Hill Beach and more Walks near...

    Although Wharariki Beach may be more spectacular with its nearly surreal desert-like feeling, the way to Green Hill Beach surely is more spectacular and diverse. It you do not stop all the time for views and photos it takes you 40 minutes one way. It starts at the same carpark as the Wharariki Beach walk, you just do not turn right uphill but walk...

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  • Wharariki Beach: Huge Dunes and High...

    This clearly is the most famous of the many beaches near the Farewell Spit. And it is absolutely spectacular. High snow-white dunes, high wind... Although quite some people chose to walk 20 minutes from the carpark to the beach it feels absolutely lonesome. And you feel like in the middle of the desert although you are right beside the ocean.Most...

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  • You are allowed to walk on the Farewell...

    Many travel guides give the impression that the only way to explore the Farewell Spit would be a guided 4WD tour. But this is not entirely true. Those tours are the only way to explore the whole length but you are allowed to walk some kilometres on each side of the Spit, exactly: 2.5 kms on the inlet side and 3kms on the seaside. Take a brochure of...

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  • Guided Tours on the Farewell Spit Depend...

    Guided tours in 4WD buses and vans are the only way to explore the whole length of the Farewell Spit. This is to protect the fragile environment and the about 5000 birds that breed and live on the 35km long sandspit which is the longest natural sandbar in the world. It would also be dangerous to drive on the ever changing beaches and there is a lot...

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  • Farewell Spit: Bird Paradise and Desert...

    The Farewell Spit is a 35km long sandspit at the north-western end of the South Island. It is infamous for strandings of whales which - of course - have no idea that they are swimming into a huge inlet and not in the open sea, and when once you are there and drive and wander along this vast stretch of land around the water, you can easily...

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  • Golden Bay: The Route to the Farewell...

    Already the trip to Takaka is a trip into a remote area, as the road over Takaka Hill (also known as "Marble Mountain") winds up and down like a steep alpine pass road. You must be patient because on most stretches you cannot overtake, and there are not a lot of passing lanes, not even lay-offs for slow traffic. Not only tourist cars travel here...

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  • Walking and Tramping in Nelson Lakes...

    The most famous tramping tracks are the multi-day walks to Lake Angelus (2 days) and the Travers Sabine Circuit (4 to 7 days).The other day I read an angry letter in a newspaper in which someone complained about the overcrowded Angelus Hut. There were obviously 38 people in a hut twith 25 bunks. Obviously some of them had not booked which is...

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  • Nelson Lakes N. P. is a Bird and...

    The Nelson Lakes National Park is a strange region, and there are reasons why I absolutely love it and why it will never become my favourite region in NZ.First the negative: There are wide stretches in the park, especially around Lake Rotoroa, with pine plantations, all in rows and identical heights, or stripped naked, which take all the wilderness...

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  • Motueka Sunday Market

    A market with the social vibes and energy of a small Mardi Gras. You’ll find New Zealand crafts, Asian & Peruvian clothing, collectibles, silver from Kathmandu, art for garden landscapes and interiors, breads, cheeses, gourmet foods, seasonal fruit & veges, plants, fascinating second-hand treasures and the best of the café culture, live music &...

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  • Big Kiwi @ Silkwood Arts & Craft Centre

    Apart from the arts & craft, come & see this straw bale building and Prowdaby (world's largest permanently sited kiwi).Here, you'll find the original and exclusive designer handknits, hand-painted silks, woven and fibre creations, truly unusual local art and craftwork.Silkwood is established in 1986, with superfine yarns, hand-dyed carded sliver...

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  • Fairwell Spit Tour

    Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Maori people named the spit Onetahua, meaning 'heaped up sand' - the long sandbar stretches out 35km from the very tip of the South Island. Farewell Spit is more strictly protected than a National Park, so the only vehicle access is supervised tours.It's a sanctuary since 1930's, the Spit...

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  • through the native Bush

    the Park has many hiking Tracks, through native bush and forest, from easy to medium, and just lovely walks from 30min to around 2 hours.one can log on on the Department of Conservation...DOC

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  • St. Arnaud & Lake Rotoiti

    hiking, kajaking, fishing and exploring the NZ native Bush. at St. Arnaud and the General Store, Bob..the Kea is Boss.a 1 1/2h drive from Nelson through a very beautiful landscape into the Mountain area of St. Arnaud and the Lake Rotoiti

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  • Map of St.Arnaud &Nelson Lakes

    a terrific daytour, with lot of good poss for short or longer walks. or take your boot, mountain bike and have fun, the kids will love it too.

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