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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 15 tour ideas.


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Adrenaline & Extreme

Tandem Skydive over South Island

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 201.57


Have an epic time! 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 an amazing... 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 66.69


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 Biking and Kayaking Adventure: Nelson to Kaiteriteri

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours
Priced From: USD 119.89


On this full-day adventure, you will experience a half day of kayaking and a half day of mountain biking. Leave Nelson in the morning to head to Kaiteriteri. Once there, you'll get to explore what the area has to offer by water, then by land. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included: you... 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 112.40


The day is yours to enjoy on this full-day self-guided bicycle tour of the wineries in the Moutere region. This tour starts&nbsp;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,... 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 104.91


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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Day Trips

Abel Tasman and Golden Bay in One Day from Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 169.35


A day with boat cruise, tour in a minibus and stops with short walking options.Cruise the Abel Tasman Park, experience flora and fauna and beaches unseen anywhere else in the world.Enjoy the beautiful landscape, a sacred Maori Place at the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere, charming lifestyler town Takaka, breathtaking views over Abel Tasman and Golden Bay... 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 310.97


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 168.60


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 97.41


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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Multi-day Tours

Multi-Day Private Magical Mapua Cycling Experience

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 486.32


Mapua means 'abundance' in Maori and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Situated on the Waimea Estuary right in the middle of the Tasman Bay, just a 35-minute drive from Nelson City, Mapua is a magical spot to relax, enjoy fine food and drink and challenge yourself to some amazing cycling. Through client feedback, spending one night in Mapua just isn't enough time to enjoy the ambience of this seaside village. With... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

Self-Guided 3-Day Coastal Tour from Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 508.80


This Abel Tasman National Park adventure is a three-day / two-night self-guided cycle tour on the Tasman's Great Taste Trail. Start your 1st day at 9am as you will cycle between three to five hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy to moderate gradient. During your ride you will be able to visit award winning wineries, craft breweries and cafés, you can sample local produce and enjoy the buzzing... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walking Day Tour

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 7.5 to 8.5 hrs
Priced From: USD 64.44


Enjoy the Abel Tasman National Park on a Day Tour full of discoveries. Take a walk through some of the most stunning forests that New Zealand offers. Relax at some beaches and see some wildlife. Experience an ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Photography Tours

Private Nelson Photography Tour

Nelson, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 281.00


This one-day (8 hour) bespoke tour is a private photography tour and workshop of the Nelson region with a top local photographe. During this workshop, you'll learn about shooting forests, rivers and coastal sunsets while exploring the inland Abel Tasman National Park and iconic Split Apple Rock.

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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 314.72


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 145.37


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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