Nelson Tasman

Outdoors & Adventure

Nelson Tasman has everything for the adrenaline seeker in you! Snow, sea, river, mountain or sky, we have adventures that will take you to all new heights. Our region has some of the best canyoning experiences in the country, where you can abseil down granite canyons and spectacular waterfalls, zip through unspoiled rainforest and land in some of the purest water in Aotearoa. 

At the Four Rivers Plain you’ll find the best white water rafting, white water kayaking, and jetboating all year round! Alternatively, if free-falling from the sky is your idea of exhilaration, skydiving in Nelson Tasman is a truly spectacular and unique experience. Whilst you soar over three national parks: Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman, revel in the breath-taking scenery of turquoise oceans, golden beaches, mountain vistas, orchards and vineyards. During winter, a visit to Rainbow Ski Area will satisfy your cravings. Wide slopes and well-maintained trails provide perfect terrain for beginners and intermediates, while advanced skiers and snowboarders can challenge themselves on the high powder runs and chutes. 

Many of Nelson Tasman’s stunning natural landscapes are best explored on foot, and we have a diverse range of well-maintained trails and tracks to suit every fitness level. Whether you’re looking for a multi-day challenge or a short family stroll our region is paradise for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

Skydive Abel Tasman

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, there’s nothing more thrilling, brag-worthy or memorable than a skydive. Skydive Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s most scenic skydive experience, with epic scenery and mind-blowing views of both islands, if you only do one skydive in your lifetime, this is the one for you.

Skydive Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman Eco Tours

Explore the unique ecology, experience the wildlife and enjoy the beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park with Abel Tasman Eco Tours. Their signature Eco-boat tour explores the coastal zones, islands, beaches, forests and streams of this beautiful area with plenty of time for relaxing, walking and swimming.

Abel Tasman Eco Tours

Marahau Sea Kayaks

Whether you want the freedom of exploring Abel Tasman National Park in your own time, or tap into some local knowledge, Marahau Sea Kayaks offers a full range of guided and un-guided half-day, full-day and multi-day trips and is proud to be a certified zero carbon business.

Marahau Sea Kayaks

Abel Tasman Cruise & Walk

Make the most of your time at Abel Tasman National Park with a cruise, guided kayak and self-guided walk experience with Wilsons. Discover the hidden bays and playful seals by kayak, immerse yourself in the park’s beautiful native bush, then put your feet up and enjoy a scenic cruise home.

Abel Tasman Cruise & Walk

Waka Abel Tasman Tour

Embrace the spirit of adventure and connect with te mauri o te wai (the vitality/essence of the water) on a journey of discovery with Waka Abel Tasman. Join a group, grab a paddle and lend some muscle while enjoying the idyllic surroundings and learning about the Māori history and tradition of waka.

Waka Abel Tasman Tour

Kaiteriteri Beach

Whether you biked or drove to Kaiteriteri Beach, one glimpse of its golden sands and azure waters, and you’ll be tempted to dive in. Hire a kayak or stand up paddle board to explore the coastline, or grab your towel, sunblock and a good book for a spot of sunbathing

Kaiteriteri Beach

Abel Tasman Kayaks

There is no better way to explore the beautiful golden beaches, peaceful coves and lagoons, offshore islands and amazing wildlife, than a half day guided tour with Abel Tasman Kayaks. Their passionate and knowledgeable kayak guides return year after year to share this area with visitors looking for an unforgettable experience.

Abel Tasman Kayaks

Kiwi Journeys

Whether you want to sink your teeth into some locally grown produce along the Tasman Great Taste Trail, or explore the amazing tracks of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, you’ll be able to hire the right bike from Kiwi Journeys. Grab a bike, it’s time to hit the trails!

Kiwi Journeys

Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

Experience the natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park in a quiet and relaxing way onboard one of Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures’ comfortable catamarans. Join another group for a few hours of sailing, or charter a boat for a multi-day adventure with experienced sailors who are passionate about this stunning area, and of course sailing!

Abel Tasman sailing adventures

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