Accommodation in Nelson

Nelson is famous for its year round mild sunny climate and stunning landscape from lakes to rivers to beautiful turquoise beaches. Nelson also has a vibrant creative culture with many little galleries, boutiques and local artist studios. It is also the birthplace of the world of wearable arts.

It is home to three national parks within 90 minutes’ drive. The Able Tasman National park with its beautiful golden beaches and clear waters. Kahurangi National Park with its dramatic mountains and sandy beaches and home to the Heaphy Track (3-5 days hike) and the Nelson lakes National park where the Southern Alps begins.

The most famous of the three parks would have to be Able Tasman National park, 55km north of Nelson. The best way to visit the park is by hiking or kayaking sections of the 51km long Coastal Trail. From Marahau you can be dropped off at a certain point by water taxi and then picked up from another point allowing you to experience the park walking at your own pace. The nature is very diverse, you walk over hills, along beaches and occasionally you have to cross rivers. There is a shortage of accommodation in this area – in the period Oct-Mar is pre-booking is strongly recommended.

The city of Nelson is located in the north of the South Island in the Tasman Bay , and as it were in the geographical center of New Zealand . Residents call their city affectionately “sunshine capital of New Zealand ‘and not just, the city has statistically the most sunshine hours in the country.

Nelson is by its excellent climate and beautiful beaches that can be found in the area are very popular with tourists. There are many activities in which daredevils can indulge. You can enjoy rafting, paragliding, skydiving, kayaking tours at sea, but also mountain biking and hiking are possible.

Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Abel Tasman Lodge ***

Abel Tasman Lodge, Abel Tasman

“Located in the Marahau just a 5 minute walk to the gateway to the Able Tasman National Park. Within walking distance you will find restaurants and water taxis. The lodge itself is self-contained modern studios. “

Ocean Chalets ***

Ocean View Chalets, Abel Tasman

“Beautiful appointed chalets located conveniently in marahua. Self-contained accommodation with panoramic sea views. Great base for activities in the national park. “

The Resurgence *****

Resurgence, National Park

“Set in 50 acres of wilderness, this is stunning lodge combines luxury accommodation with a unique eco wilderness experience. The perfect spot if you want your own hideaway nestled in native bush with fantastic cuisine. “

Peppers Awaroa ****

Peppers Awaroa Lodge

“This gorgeous lodge is located in the heart of the Able Tasman, The best part is it can only be acess by boat, which means you are guaranteed a peaceful and relaxing stay in the park.”

More information about Nelson Tasman

Abel Tasman1. Abel Tasman National Park
Sea Kayak through stunning turquoise waters or hike through busy, along golden beaches and across rivers. Or do a combination of both. Find Out More >

Heaphy Trak2. Kahurangi National Park
New Zealand’s second largest National Park made up of mountains and beaches and home to the Heaphy Track 3-5 tramping trek. Here you will also find Farewell Spit Nature and Bird Reserve. Find Out More >

Nelson Lakes National Park3. Nelson Lakes National Park
Explore the National Park where Southern Alps begins. There are a range of long and short hikes to explore the rich forests, glacial lakes and remote mountain passes. Find Out More >

Local Produce Nelson4. Sample Local Produce
Sample delicious fresh produce from local farmers, fruit growers and organic growers in the Nelson Tasman Region. Find Out More >

Mt Owen5. Lord of the Rings Tours
Take a helicopter tour over the famous Lord of the Ring scenery in the Nelson Tasman Region. Highlights including Mt Olympus (South of Rivendell) & Mt Owen (Dimrill Dale). Find Out More  >

Farewell Spit Bird Sanctuary6. Farewell Spit Bird Sanctuary
Farewell Spit is a 25 km long sand spit and nature reserve with over 90 bird species recorded in the area. Every year thousands of birds arrive from the Northern Hemisphere. Find Out More >

Horse Treking Nelson7. Horse Trekking
Take a magic journey on horseback through this beautiful region. Find Out More >

Fishing Taranaki8. Fly Fishing
Fly fish in crystal clear waters of the Nelson |Tasman region and be able to see what you are about to catch! Find Out More >

Cycling Abel Tasman9. Cycling Adventures
A great way to explore this beautiful region is by bike. There are a number of fantastic bike trails to cater for all abilities. Highlights include Mt Richmond Forest Park, Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park. Find Out More >

Te Waikoropupu Springs10. Crystal Clear Springs
Visit the sacred Te Waikoropupu Springs near Golden Bay. This area is very spiritual and special to Maori of this area. Find Out More >


Nelson city itself is small enough to get around on foot. However to get between Nelson and the national parks you will need either a car or camper or use one of the bus services.

To get around the Abel Tasman there are water taxis that can drop you off and pick you up from various locations throughout the park.