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!
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.
Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi - Abel Tasman National Park
Aqua Taxi gets you and your family closer to the Abel Tasman Coastline. We’ve got more departures, more flexibility and more freedom; designed for you to get what you and your family want from the Abel Tasman. We hold a marine mammal permit which allows you to respectfully view seals, penguins and occasionally dolphins up close and personal.
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!
Nelson Farmers Market
Open every Wednesday, year-round from 11am-4pm. Not just for honest to goodness, farm fresh, locally produced food, but sights to see and activities and entertainment for everyone! We have buskers and great entertainment for kids every school holidays and often inbetween. Adults - get locally made fresh fruit and vegetables, meet the producers and taste some local honey, try a fresh berry ice cream or have a bratwurst sausage in a bun. Great entertainment for kids and they can find out where their food comes from!
Founders Heritage Park - Nelson
Founders Heritage Park is a replica historic village containing many of the old historic buildings and artefacts of Nelson. Special attractions include Dr Bush's Windmill, the Port Nelson Exhibition, vintage and horse drawn vehicles, fire engines and a working train. The short-track train gives rides on weekends and holidays. There are also livery stables, museum, old church and bakery. There’s a café, organic brewery, a fun children’s playground and toilets are provided at several locations.
Cape Farewell Horse Treks
Explore the beautiful beaches and tracks around Golden Bay and Cape Farewell on horse back! There's nothing as awesome as galloping down a beach or surveying the horizon from astride your horse! We love working with children and families, and have grandkids ourselves, who love the horses! We have trips to suit families with children as young as four, through to overnight treks for the more experienced.
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