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Nelson Abel Tasman Golden Bay Nelson Lakes New Zealand
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Nelson City is the capital of the Nelson Region that incorporates the Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay. Tasman Bay with its north facing aspect provides a relatively sheltered environment for its port, town and small coastal settlements. It is protected to the east by the peninsulas and islands of the Marlborough Sounds, and to the west by the Abel Tasman headland and Farewell Spit.

Fruit growing, predominantly apples but also including hops and historically tobacco, has been a mainstay of the region and these days includes grapes for wine making. Take a wine tasting tour to ensure you sample the best the region has to offer. The Nelson Region is also synonymous with crafts, being home to a large number of artisans, in particular potters and notably the exporting glass ware company of Hoglund Art Glass.

Accessible as a day trip from Nelson, or from a base closer to the park, such as the Motueka area, you can visit the Abel Tasman National Park. The park is known for its calm clear waters, sandy beaches and the Abel Tasman Walkway. Accommodation is available within the park as part of an Abel Tasman experience. Popular multi-day trips can be done as walking and/or kayaking options, or experience a bite sized piece of the action with a day walk on the track, or a one day kayak along part of the coastline where you may even visit some seals.

Separated from the rest of the region by the Takaka Hill lies Golden Bay with its sweeping crescent beach. From the top of Takaka Hill there is a spectacular view across Golden Bay to Farewell Spit and the bush clad ranges of the Kahurangi National Park. At Farewell Spit you can take a four wheel drive tour to view the multitude of seabirds that make this area home either year round or as part of their migratory journey. Golden Bay has a good representation of potters operating from studios dotted around the greater bay area.

Accommodation

Mapua
Bronte Country Estate
Luxury B&B
At Bronte Country Estate the suites and villas are situated on the end of the historic Bronte Peninsula overlooking the Waimea Estuary. This timeless setting abounds in interesting bird life and has stunning views of the estuary and surrounding mountains. The lodge is complimented by 65 acres of coastal family orchard, and is situated in a 2 acre English style garden, with established trees, shrubs, and old and modern roses.
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Nelson
The Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Hotel
The Rutherford Hotel boasts a prime spot only minutes walk from Nelson's landmark cathedral and main shopping district, and an equally good base from which to explore the great outdoors - with three national parks, sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness at your doorstep.
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Activities

Abel Tasman
Wilsons Abel Tasman guided 1 day sea kayaking

Walking and Guided sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park with Wilson's, whose family has been operating in this region for 30 years, gives you the benefit of their vast experience.
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Abel Tasman National Park
Wilsons Abel Tasman 2, 3 & 5 day sea kayaking
National Park
2, 3 & 5 day Abel Tasman overnight trips. Walking and Guided sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park with Wilson's, whose family has been operating in this region for 30 years, gives you the benefit of their vast experience.
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Abel Tasman National Park
Wilsons Abel Tasman Track 2, 3 & 5 day guided walks
National Park
Wilson's guided walks in Abel Tasman National Park offer freedom and flexibility in this gentle, paradise where lush native forests give way to golden sands and azure water. The highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand with sea breezes in summer and calm, crisp days in winter makes walking a pleasure, year-round.
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