Walking on one of Abel Tasman's golden sand beaches
Walking on one of Abel Tasman’s golden sand beaches

The Nelson & Abel Tasman area has a lot to offer, something for all ages and tastes. The region is known for golden beaches, stunning coastal walks, lush forests, national parks, lakes, art, wine & food. Below are a selection of a few of Luxury Adventures favourite activities and experiences in the Tasman region.

Boarding a water taxi to explore the Nelson & Abel Tasman region.
Boarding a water taxi to explore the Nelson & Abel Tasman region.

Hiking in The Abel Tasman National Park

Located at the top of the South Island, between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay is New Zealand’s only coastal National Park. Abel Tasman’s golden sandy beaches and crystal blue water make it a popular destination for tourists and Kiwi’s alike. The coastal track is 60 km long and can be walked as a multi-day walk over 3 to 5 days. Stay at huts & campsites along the way, or you can take water taxis and walk in sections. As well as the Abel Tasman track, there are other excellent walks nearby. For instance the dual purpose (hike or bike) Heaphy track is one of New Zealand’s great walks.

Sailing in the Abel Tasman National Park
Sailing in the Abel Tasman National Park

On the Water – kayaking, sailing and more

The Abel Tasman is a water lovers paradise. Taking to the water is a perfect way to see the area. With its stunning golden beaches, crystal clear water, and wildlife. Seals, penguins, dolphins and birdlife are amongst some of the more spectacular wildlife you can encounter. Depending on your New Zealand travel budget and time you could choose from a full day luxury private charter, fully catered with local wine and food, or join a shared charter on a sailboat. Or perhaps a water taxi with a combined walk?

Taking in the area from the water, relaxing with a picnic on the beach, followed by a walk and a swim? There are many options to suit your personal requirements. Talk to the Luxury Adventures team about the option best suited to you. You can also read our article about hiking and kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park for further information.

Biking the vines in the Nelson and Tasman wine region.
Biking the vines in the Nelson and Tasman wine region

Wine, food & beer

The Nelson & Abel Tasman area has an enviable climate, with long hot sunny days. Not only does this make it great for visitors to explore at any time of year, but also fantastic for the winemakers. With over 30 boutique wineries to explore, vibrant cafes, and craft beer makers, the area is a wine and foodies paradise! Luxury Adventures have worked with local guides for many years, and can match you to a tour that perfectly suits your requirements.

If you have a particular wine or vineyard you want to visit, let us know. We can organise this with your private guide, or join a small group for a fun filled day with fellow travellers and wine lovers. A great way to explore not only the wineries but the overall area at a leisurely pace is by bike. Grab a couple of bikes, maps and head off for a cruisy day wine tasting. There is also the option to do this guided. As well as the wineries, the area has a vibrant cafe culture, and an up and coming craft beer scene.

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Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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