Home to the country’s most popular national park, Abel Tasman, and arguably New Zealand’s best beach, Kaiteriteri, the Nelson-Golden Bay region has a fair bit going for it. When you add in the most sunshine hours of any area in the country, and a mellow vibe seldom experienced elsewhere, the region is camping paradise.
Diversity abounds in this part of the country. From the white sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, the end-of-the-earth feel of Farewell Spit to the alpine delights of the Nelson Lakes National Park, the region has an embarrassment of natural riches.
Aside from the natural treasures, Nelson City is a cultural delight, and packed with quality coffee, food, craft beer and wine options. The region is known for its ‘alternative’ soul and laid-back vibe. Local producers and craftspeople focused on sustainability are thriving in this environment and make a visit to the local farmers market essential.
- Visiting Abel Tasman National Park
- Taking a dip at Kaiteriteri
- Exploring Farewell Spit
- Enjoying a pint of Captain Cooker at the Mussel Inn
- Exploring the Nelson Lakes
- Staring into the Te Waikoropupu Springs