Discover Nelson Tasman

Back to map

Where to find us

Nelson Tasman is located in the upper northwest of the South Island, at the geographical centre of New Zealand, making it easy to reach from all parts of the country. Nelson Airport is just 8km from Nelson city centre and visitors have a choice of some 400 domestic flights each week connecting Nelson to major and regional New Zealand centres via Air New Zealand, Jetstar,
Originair, Sounds Air and air2there. A short drive over the Whangamoa Ranges links Nelson with Picton (Marlborough) and the passenger ferries sailing between the North and South Island, and there is easy road access to the rest of the South Island via Christchurch or the West Coast.

Scenic Highlights

There’s nowhere else in the world where you’ll find three spectacular New Zealand national parks in such close proximity and yet so diverse: glistening golden sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters; alpine vistas, snowy mountain ranges and calm lakes; other-world marble karst landscapes and spectacular native forests. The region has an enviable sunny and temperate climate that allows visitors to explore and enjoy all year-round.
What’s on

March 2019
Nelson Beer Week and March Fest

April - May 2019
Fringe Festival

August 2019
Nelson Arts Festival

November 2019
The New Zealand Cider Festival

Conference Venues & Facilities

The region offers a variety of venues for different occasions, from heritage sites to sporting complexes, sunny vineyards to purposebuilt convention spaces. The comprehensive venue choices are complemented by a range of accommodations, activities, dining options and skilled auxiliary service providers to take care of all the details seamlessly. The largest venue is the recently reopened and revitalized Trafalgar Centre, with the Arena hosting 600 for banquet, 1000 for cocktails, or 99 exhibition booths.


There are accommodation options to suit all itineraries and budgets – corporate, association or incentive: whether luxury eco-lodge or secluded high-end B&B, central-city internationally recognised hotel, quality motel or serviced apartments, visitors will feel the charm that is synonymous with this inviting region.

Unforgettable Experiences

Explore the breath-taking Abel Tasman National Park by cruise boat, sea kayak or on foot and stay overnight at water-front lodges.

Tour some of the region’s craft breweries or wineries and meet the passionate people who have helped make them famous.

Cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail: eat, drink, shop and visit art galleries while absorbing the panoramic views of Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges. 

Visit one of the must-see Nelson museums and art galleries including the World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum.

Shop at the vibrant central city Saturday Market, where locals and visitors delight in the fresh and the creative.

Fly 3km over the tree top on the Skywire, take a scenic horse trek or quad bike trail, or team-race pro-karts.

Leap from one of the top 10 greatest sky dive drop zones in the world with Skydive Abel Tasman.

Embark on an eco-tour to Farewell Spit to see the longest sand-spit in the Southern Hemisphere – a spectacular and unique environment which is home to a wide range of seabirds and other wildlife.