Nelson & Golden Bay, Family Activities


  • 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 opportunit... read more

  • Ages 6+

    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 m... read more

  • 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-friendl... read more

  • Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures

    Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.

    Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.

    The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.

    A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from:

    Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.

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  • Wine Art and Wilderness Tours

    Uniquely guided, fully catered interpretive tours into Abel Tasman and other National Parks and reserves. Scenic tours of Nelson in a Day or Golden Bay in a Day
    Wine & Food Tours, try world class wine matched with beautiful food in wineries with unsurpassed settings in either Nelson or Marlborough.
    Art Tours, be introduced to world class artists and galleries with almost 400 artists to choose from. Combination tours available or 'Trust the Guide'

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  • Adventure Flights Golden Bay

    Golden Bay's specialist scenic flight and Heaphy track service. Unmatched and unrivaled, but don't take my word for it, come and see for yourself!

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  • Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Tours

    Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Tours offer a wide range of high quality cycling experiences in the Nelson Tasman region, including The Great Taste Trail, one of New Zealand's Great Rides.
    Specialising in bespoke tours which can be self-guided, guided and/or vehicle supported. Using local knowledge, we create unique itineraries to help our customers discover the hidden gems of the area.
    We also have put together day and multi-day itineraries that are ready to enjoy and which cater for a wide range of abilities. We use high quality bikes which are designed for comfort and performance on roads and trails.

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  • Trail Journeys

    Trail Journeys Nelson offer three convenient (bike) rental locations in Nelson City (beside the i SITE), Mapua Wharf and Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman) with cycle hire, Itinerary planning, cycle shop services, Trail Hopper transport system, and also operates the Mapua Ferry service on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Along with all the amazing flat riding, Mountain Biking in our lovely region is hugely popular. The riding options include several bike parks, as well as more natural trails in both plantation forest and native bush. The range of trail types is amazing, from gentle, family-oriented trail riding to full-on downhill runs, backcountry adventures and everything in between. Whether you’re after bike hire, transport, bag transfer, a full itinerary or just a bit of advice, give us a call.

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  • Ages 2+

    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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  • Biking Nelson

    Discover the beauty and diversity of Nelson with Biking Nelson. Our personally guided rides let experience the thrill and excitement of mountain biking or a leisurely ride around the Nelson City. Check out the sights, sounds and tastes of this amazing region. We can supply bikes and all the gear needed or use your own equipment and our guides are locals. All skills and abilities are catered for, from beginners right on through to experienced riders. Contact us to discuss your options.

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  • World of Wearable Arts & Classic Cars Museum

    Experience a creative and visual feast that is almost beyond description. Firmly established as an iconic Nelson visitor attraction, the WOW® and Classic Cars Museum celebrates two... read more

  • Abel Tasman Tours & Guided Walks

    Explore the Abel Tasman National Park with Abel Tasman Tours & Guided Walks. Learn about New Zealand’s unique native flora and fauna. Small groups, local stories, friendly guides. Offering guided day walks in the with sea kayaking and accommodation options.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.