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5 Hours 15 minutes' drive time to Nelson from Christchurch Airport

Nelson & Tasman

There are lots of reasons why you should book your next trip to the Nelson region. Nature at its finest, along with a wealth of activities, artisan products and eateries.

The Nelson region combines the finest elements of New Zealand with a climate that rivals the Mediterranean.

Discover three national parks, golden sand beaches, alpine meadows and snowy mountain ranges, all within a stone's throw of the city.

  • Explore Abel Tasman National Park with single day / multi-day hiking or on the water, cruising or kayaking.
  • Immerse in creativity, meeting artists in their studios and visiting the National World of Wearable Arts™ and Classic Car Museum.
  • Taste craft beer, cider and boutique wines, often in the company of the producer.
  • Cycle Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.
  • Discover the top end (or tip) of the South Island at Farewell Spit, Golden Bay.

Nelson & Tasman Seasons

Spring

SPRING - SEPT TO NOV
9 - 190 C

Hops, berries, apples, and vines spring into life. Welcome the godwits back to Farewell Spit – the end of their epic 1,400 km journey. Trout fishing is back on the itinerary and raise a glass to spring at the NZ Cider Festival.

Summer

SUMMER - DEC TO FEB
12 - 220 C

Long summer days for beautiful outdoor experiences: swimming, sailing, fun on beaches, berry picking, and visits to wineries and galleries. Summer festivals include the Jazz Festival, Buskers Festival, Harness racing and the Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Autumn

AUTUMN - MAR TO MAY
6 - 160 C

Clear, still sunny days. As the greens turn to golds, the warm weather is perfect for cycling, hiking, horse riding, cruising, and kayaking. Taste local craft brews at March Fest and enjoy the Fringe Performance Festival.

Winter

WINTER - JUN TO AUG
4 - 140 C

Our mild winters are perfect for outdoor adventures. Bike the Heaphy Track, try white water rafting, kayak in Abel Tasman, or head to Rainbow Ski Field for skiing and boarding. Visit the Nelson Arts Festival and Feast for the Senses.

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