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Things to Do in Nelson

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Nelson and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Nelson activities? We have 11 tour ideas.


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Adrenaline & Extreme

Tandem Skydive over South Island

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 184.51


Have the best day of your life! Enjoy a scenic flight climbing to altitude-then the door opens and the adrenaline rushes as you free fall for over 40 or 60 seconds, depending on jump height chosen. When your parachute opens you gently fly over one of the most beautiful areas in the world. <br />You are in great hands with the friendly staff and stellar safety record. Experience the best scenery, the friendliest team and... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 65.95


This half-day self-guided cycle adventure takes in some of the most stunning scenery on Tasman's Great Taste Trail taking approximately 4-hours. There are many fun stops along the way with award winning wineries, craft breweries, and the World of Wearable Art museum to name a few.Cycle along the old rail route from Nelson City to Richmond then turn onto the picturesque Coastal Route to Rabbit... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Full-Day Self-Guided Scenic Cycling Winery Tour from Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 111.15


The day is yours to enjoy on this full-day self-guided bicycle tour of the wineries in the Moutere region. This tour starts at the picturesque winery of Mahana Estates and takes you through the beautiful countryside of the Moutere region. The area is known for its hop gardens, berry... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Full-Day Self-Guided Countryside and Coastline Cycling Tour from Mapua

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 103.74


Enjoy a full-day self-guided cycling tour from Mapua. This day ride is approximately 30-kilometers long. Experience the tranquility of the countryside, hop gardens, vineyards, orchards and majestic rivers all with a stunning backdrop of the Kahurangi National... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Golden Bay in a Day

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 221.56


Golden Bay is truly a hiden gem providing lots of incredible surprises. Departing  your accommodation and the city we drive over the Waimea Plains in Tasman Bay through the vineyards, market gardens and orchards then forest on Marble mountain. <br />This is a full day tour that never fails to impress and becomes a photographers playground with almost scenic overload proportions.<br />Your every... Read More

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Day Trips

Full-Day Abel Tasman National Park Hiking Tour with Cruise

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 307.51


Abel Tasman Water and Walk is a small group tour for visitors who prefer faster access into the heart of this popular National Park so that they can spend more time exploring the many features with an expert interpretive guide who will highlight the less obvious features of Maori history, early... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Full-Day Abel Tasman Relaxed or Late Riser Kayaking

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 155.61


In the 'Heart' of the Abel Tasman National Park we offer a combination of kayaking and walking or just a relaxing afternoon kayak. <br />We can customize this to suit your requirements. If you choose a half day kayaking your day will start with a Water Taxi ride up to Bark Bay or if you... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Full-Day Astrolabe Kayaking Eco-Tour

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 88.92


Join this Eco-friendly, fully guided kayaking tour in the Astrolabe Roadstead for a fun day away!<br />Astrolabe Roadstead is home to over 12 beautiful golden sand beaches, 2 Islands, sweeping sand spits and tidal lagoons. Adele Island is a popular spot for the local New Zealand Fur Seals and numerous species of protected native birds.

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Photography Tours

Private Nelson Photography Tour

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 555.75


This one-day (8 hour) bespoke tour is a private photography tour and workshop of the Nelson region with local photographer Dave Buckton. Dave is an accomplished landscape and wildlife photographer and the only photographer in the Nelson region that has permits to take customers into national parks.  During this workshop, you'll learn about shooting forests, rivers and coastal sunsets while exploring the... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Full-Day Guided Scenic Cycling Winery Tour from Nelson with Lunch

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 311.22


This private, full-day guided bike tour will have you cycling through the wineries of the Nelson region. You will be picked up from your accommodation on this all-inclusive tour and driven to the beautiful countryside of the Moutere region.The tour route is... Read More

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Sailing Trips

Full-Day Self-Guided Cycle and Sail Adventure from Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 143.75


This one-day self-guided cycle and sail adventure takes in some of the most stunning scenery on Tasman's Great Taste Trail and the amazing experience of Sailing in the Tasman Bay.You can choose which direction. Cycle in the morning, return by sail in the afternoon,... Read More

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