Nelson & Abel Tasman

If we had to choose one region of New Zealand to settle down and live in, this would be it! It’s the favourite spot for all our Silver Fern team, not least because its home to The Abel Tasman National Park – in our opinion, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful national parks in New Zealand.

Where is Nelson?

Known as the Sunshine City of New Zealand because of its record number of sunshine hours, Nelson is situated at the top North West of the South Island and is popular for its arty vibe and friendly atmosphere.

Explore the Nelson Tasman Region

Within easy driving distances of the area are three diverse National Parks: Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes, and Abel Tasman, as well as Golden Bay, all offering something different – from golden beaches and secret coves, to native forests and majestic mountain ranges.

Walkers will not want to leave without hiking at least a section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Path, or the Heaphy Track (both included in New Zealand’s 9 ‘Great Walks’), though the expansive coast line offers plenty of sailing, fishing, swimming and boating options too.

In Nelson itself, and without even needing to get into the car there’s a picturesque, gentle stroll along the Centre Of New Zealand Walkway that follows the banks of the Matai River from the town.

The city also has a number of excellent art and craft galleries, and actively promotes its many artisan and cultural experiences with a wide range of festivals.  The weekly Saturday farmers market is not to be missed. For over 30 years it’s been the place to go for regional goods and fresh, seasonal and organic produce along with handcrafted items from some of Nelson’s most accomplished craftspeople and artisans.

Don’t Miss

  • Watching designers at work in one of Nelson’s many craft workshops
  • Strolling the Nelson river pathway and making the short climb up the Centre of New Zealand Walkway
  • Visiting the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum
  • Enjoying a wine tasting tour of the areas boutique wineries
  • Heading to the Abel Tasman National Park for glorious walks

So what’s so special about Abel Tasman?

The only coastal national park in New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park offers a magnificent coastline, miles of golden sandy beaches, and lagoons and verdant native bush.

Abel Tasman attractions include sailing, cruising or kayaking crystal clear, turquoise waters around secluded bays, stopping off for a swim as you go –or walking the Abel Tasman Coastal track, through native bush, over limestone cliffs and along long sandy beaches.

It may be the smallest of New Zealand’s National parks but there is so much to do, whether you enjoy relaxing on a beach or adventuring! Abel Tasman holidays are a truly amazing experience.

Planning a holiday to New Zealand?

Got questions about visiting Nelson, New Zealand or planning your holiday? Whether you’re a first-time visitor or making a return, there’s no-one better equipped to help you plan the perfect holiday to New Zealand. Every member of our team has travelled the country extensively, with many living there for several years. We love to share our insider knowledge to ensure that you have the holiday of your dreams.

We specialise in planning tailor-made itineraries focused on your personal interests. Want to have a chat? Our team are always on standby ready to answer any questions you may have. Talk to someone now by calling +44 (0) 1636 813 544. Alternatively, email us at or use our handy contact form to request a call back.

Insider Tips

Hear what Garrick Ferguson , one of Wilson’s top guides, has to say about the Abel Tasman coastal path walk.