The vibrant Nelson city centre offers an abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops and along the waterfront, you will find many fine restaurants specialising in seafood to enjoy. Founded in 1841 by the New Zealand Company the region today still boasts many remarkable buildings from these early days, however it is its close proximity to Abel Tasman National Park that is one of Nelson's greatest advantages to visitors with its pristine waters, beautiful native bush and golden beaches making this an adventure seeker's paradise. Nelson is also famous for its art and crafts and you will find many local offerings - including the world-famous Hoglund Glassworks.
This 4.5hr afternoon tour of the Nelson region is a great taster of the area, you will enjoy a couple of wine-tasting experiences along with one or two artisan and scenic spots eg: Rabbit Island Beach, Pics Peanut Butter shop, Hoglund glass - Tasman Artisan Cheese shop. To end the tour we will visit NZ's Oldest Pub in the hop-growing region of NZ and enjoy a glass of craft beer/cider or wine from the local area. If time allows we can also visit the popular and historic Mapua Wharf to browse the shops and grab a coffee or ice cream.
The Skywire has incredible views of Cable and Delaware Bays, the western ranges and north towards D’urville island. One a clear day you can even see the snow-capped peak of Mount Taranaki.
Strapped securely into the ride with 5-point harnesses, the Skywire seats up to four “flyers” at a time, with around 800m of gravity assisted free-wheeling, reaching speeds of up to 100 kph, followed by 800m at a more leisurely pace - ideal for taking in the incredible scenery. Then you do it all again - BACKWARDS
You will hardly get a sweat up during this easy, super-relaxed beer ride. Cycling self-guided and following the idiot-proof map, you have heaps of time to linger and chat along the way. Try the craft brews at Eddyline Brewery and McCashins Tap Room. Visit the Speights Ale House and relax in the outdoor garden at The Honest Lawyer Country Pub. For those interested in home brewing, why not visit the guys at the League of Brewers homebrew store (Mon - Sat.) Yup, they are on the route too! And if that’s not enough, you could call into Pic’s Peanut Butter World (Mon - Sat) too. The Nelson Classic Car Museum is on the route too, with over 150 iconic & immaculate cars to enjoy.
Mapua Wharf was once a busy coastal freight wharf used for transporting fresh orchard produce to consumers around the world. It no longer bustles with wharfies and freight ships, instead there’s a steady hum of crafty creativity and the buzz of thriving restaurants, cafes and bars. Here you can watch a variety of local artists at work and purchase unique New Zealand creations direct. As well as the delicious fare available at the restaurants and cafes, you can also sample some divine artesian produce, like smoked mussels and salmon from the Smokehouse. To explore further afield hire a bike and explore the local bicycle trails, including the Tasman Great Taste Trail which links nearby Nelson with Mapua, via a ferry ride from Rabbit Island across the Waimea Estuary, home to a range of bird species. Mapua Wharf is a short 25 minute drive from Nelson.
The car collection represents years of passionate sourcing from around the world and New Zealand. These cars are some of the most sought-after models in Classic Motoring, presented to the highest standard, with some having undergone extensive restoration. As well as being classic examples of automotive technology, these cars tell an important story about the twentieth century. They represent the spectrum of automotive history, design, and craftsmanship. This is one of Australasia's largest private collections.
Explore Happy Valley on horseback with a guided horse trek. There are a range of treks to suit your level of ability, and your guide will ensure that your horse is suitable for you to ride. Your guide can take you through meandering rivers and along mountain trails, with breathtaking mountain and sea views along the way.
The journey from Nelson to the world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc growing region passes over the spectacular Richmond Forest Park with an option to take a short flat walk through a pristine virgin forest and view the Pelorus River where the barrel scene of the Hobbit movie was filmed.
Pass through Havelock, the Mussel Capital of the world before reaching the vast Marlborough wine region where each vineyard or winery visited has been chosen for its stunning locality and unique romantic story. All are top boutique and family owned, driven by passion and enthusiasm that allows their cultural influence to show through in the consistently high quality wines. Food and wine matching is always a highlight along with tasting other local gourmet foods.
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