Activities & Attractions Nelson & Golden Bay
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.
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!
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.
Abel Tasman Paddle Boarding
Abel Tasman Paddle Boarding is a child and family-friendly company and would love to host you and your family in this fun safe water sports environment! Located at beautiful Marahau, on the doorstep of the Abel Tasman National Park, we offer a whole range of paddleboard hire and lessons to give you the opportunity to experience this incredible corner of the world in a totally memorable way. With a full team of experienced, qualified and safety-conscious staff, we're the perfect people to introduce you and the kids to New Zealand's latest water sport craze! As far as fun, unique and serene activities go, you won't find many that tick all of those boxes
Anatoki Salmon Farm - Golden Bay
A great family fun day out to be had and only a 1.5 hour drive from Nelson. Here you will find a unique freshwater fishing experience on the banks of the Anatoki River. Your entry and the use of fishing rods is free. You only pay for what you catch! There is a great cafe and picnicking options for your family to enjoy too.
Action Entertainment offers 6 lanes of Ten Pin Bowling an 18 hole outdoor Mini Golf Course, a licensed indoor playland & cafe complete with bouncy castles and extras! There is also a Rock Wall and indoor courts for netball, football and cricket. All of the above can be bundled into many different birthday party options as well. That should have the parents and kids excited!
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.
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!
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