Activities & Attractions Nelson & Golden Bay
Natureland Zoo - Nelson
Go WILD at Natureland! Located next to the beautiful Tahunanui Beach in Nelson, Natureland Zoo enables visitors to meet exotic, native and domestic animals in a fun, family-friendly setting. Visitors can enjoy the antics of monkeys, meerkats and a porcupine. A wide range of endangered native fauna is on display including Kea, the world's only alpine parrot, and interesting forest birds such as Tui, Kereru and Kakariki.
Visitors can also view some of New Zealand's native reptiles including the pre-historic Tuatara as well as colourful geckos. Kids love to help feed our friendly domestic animals and get up close to a number of different species including Kune Kune pigs, rabbits, goats and more. A small aquarium contains a range of interesting creatures and the exotic bird aviaries are home to a range of different birds. Scheduled animal feeds and keeper presentations occur throughout the day.
Kaiteriteri Kayak - Abel Tasman National Park
We are the only kayak company in the Abel Tasman to specialise in family kayak trips. It's simply a fabulous way to explore a stunning environment in peace and tranquility and it makes a fantastic and fun experience for the whole family. We are also the only kayak company to operate from Kaiteriteri Beach – the most sheltered area of the Abel Tasman and a perfect starting point for families and less-experienced kayakers. The coastline that we cover is not only sheltered but also compact. However the area retains all of the features associated with kayaking in the Abel Tasman - as well as the awesome Split Apple Rock!
Animal Farm - Upper Moutere, Nelson
Animal Farm is located only 30 minutes from Nelson and 15 minutes from Motueka and provides an ultimate hands-on animal experience! You and your family will be given the opportunity to bottle feed animals, participate in llama walking, enjoying donkey riding and so much more. They have a petting area where you will see friendly goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and mini horses plus lots of rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle, in fact there are over 40 rare breeds for you to meet! There is a timetable of fun activities to enjoy plus they also provide a great option for hosting your next birthday party. This includes options for catering or bringing your own picnic, to participation in daily activities, animal feeding and organised donkey or trailer rides. Stuck for the next School Holiday's activities? Why not sign the kids up to their 'Farmer for the Day' programme, which exposes the children to a behind the scenes action-packed day on the farm - bookings essential.
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles
Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand's great treasures and its picture-perfect coastline is a sub-tropical paradise for you to explore! The national park has no road access but is home to a gorgeous 63km coastal walking track. Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles provide comfortable transport to any part of the track and its golden beaches so you can take a walk, swim a deserted beach and spend a day exploring, then they'll pick you up from your chosen location. They also offer half and full day scenic cruises where you can discover the coastline, spot seals and dolphins, and stretch your legs on a beach walk too.
Abel Tasman Paddle Boarding - Marahau
Blessed with calm sheltered shallow bays, lagoons and high sunshine hours make this the ideal location to get the whole family out on the water. Great family tour prices include lesson and safety briefing, Paddleboard's or Sit on Top Kayaks, safety equipment, life jackets-all sizes, local knowledge, family friendly instructor or guide and guided or freedom hire options.
Catamaran Sailing and Launch Charters
Take this opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park on one of our Sailing Catamarans or Launches. Scheduled trips run daily, from a few hours for those short on time, to overnight or multi-day adventures into the National Park. Our Skipper and Crew take care of all the boaty stuff, so your family gets to relax and enjoy all the extras we provide, like kayaking from the boat, swimming, beach walks, fishing for your tea, snorkelling, watersports or just sunning it on deck!
Buller Gorge Swing Bridge - Murchison
Welcome to the world’s longest swing bridge! It’s110m long and its narrow, wooden planks swing dizzily around 18m (60ft) above the mighty Buller River. Crossing is a must, but if you’re scared of heights, don’t look down! Other on-site activities include the Comet Line – great for kids and they can do it alone or tandem. It’s a 160m line that you are harnessed to in order to be whizzed over the gorge at speed. Also available are goldpanning and guided walks. Snacks, drinks and toilets on-site.
Buller Canyon Jet - Murchison
Before your jet boating adventure starts you'll walk over NZ's longest swing bridge then enjoy a thrilling 40 minute jet boat ride on the Buller River as it carves it's way through the pink granite rock of the canyons, past waterfalls and over earthquake rapids, right in the heart of historic gold mining country.
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