Discover Nelson Tasman

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Where to find us

Nelson Tasman is located in the upper northwest of the  South Island. Nelson Tasman has the fourth busiest airport in the country with frequent domestic flights from international gateways Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and domestic access from Palmerston North. A short drive over the Whangamoa Ranges links Nelson with Picton and the passenger ferries arriving from the North Island. Easy road access also from Christchurch and the West Coast.

Scenic Highlights

The Nelson Tasman region is blessed with three national parks including the only coastal national park in New Zealand, called Abel Tasman. Azure waters, golden sands and snow- capped mountains form the backdrop to lakes and sea for water fun, mountains and hills for hiking and biking and a colourful spectrum of artists’ studios for more passive adventures. All within easy reach of Nelson City, and topped off with some extraordinary locations for wining and dining.
What’s on

Bikefest and Carnivelo
31 January-15 February

Brightwater Wine and Food Festival
15 February

21 March

Nelson Arts Festival
15-26 October

Art Expo
Labour Weekend, 24-26 October

Conference Venues & Facilities

Meet in the middle – literally!  Nelson Tasman sits in the  geographical centre of New Zealand, making it easy for delegates travelling  from any part of the country.  A comprehensive range of facilities makes the region ideal for everything from city-based single day meetings, and multi-day, multi-breakout conferences to remote national park retreats.  From heritage properties to modern sporting centres, sunny vineyard locales to purpose-built conference facilities, the comprehensive venue choice is matched by an extensive  range of skilled auxiliary service providers to take care of  all the other details seamlessly.  


For conference delegates and incentive programme guests, there is an accommodation option to suit all itineraries and every budget. From a luxury eco-lodge or secluded high-end B&B to one of the city’s centrally located, internationally recognised four-plus star hotels or quality motel and serviced apartments, visitors will feel the charm that is synonymous with the sunny region.

Unforgettable Experiences

Visitors are attracted to the Nelson Tasman region for the  lifestyle.  They enjoy its diverse coastal and alpine environment, phenomenal creativity and great food, wine  and beer.

The region’s most popular tourism activities are based around our three spectacular national parks.  These include fly fishing, kayaking, swimming with seals, sailing and cruising, and some of New Zealand’s best hiking, tramping, mountain biking and recreational cycling.  Visitors can explore the hills surrounding Nelson by quad-bike or mountain bike or venture out into the countryside on the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and explore the myriad of vineyards and craft breweries.  Tours of the galleries and studios of talented artists help to provide an intimate experience, engaging with the lifeblood of this creative community.