Attractions in the Nelson Tasman Region

Cat’s Pjamas Bed and Breakfast is situated smack dab in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas of the South Island. We’re easy to find on State Highway 60 between Nelson and Motueka. Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, and Nelson Lakes National Park are all within easy driving. The whole region is bursting with outdoor adventure and breathtaking beauty, as well as unique art studios, award winning wineries, fantastic festivals, and mouth watering cafe’s.


Below you will find websites to assist your holiday plans in our region:

General information:

Nelson Information Centre

Motueka Information Centre

Golden Bay Information

Tasman District Council

Outdoor Adventure:

Southern Wilderness Expeditions offer deluxe guided treks in our local national parks complete with organic meals and wine along the way. You can learn more about their tours by visiting or phoning 03-545-7544.

There are many ways to enjoy Abel Tasman National Park. Two well established companies are the Wilson family and These companies offer both hiking, sea kayaking and motor launch as well as accommodation and multi-day trips.

Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures offer day trips as well as multi-day trips around our regions waters.

Happy Valley Adventures is based in Cable Bay and offers 4 wheele fun, horse treks, paintball, and best of all – a sky wire high over native bush looking out to sea.

In Golden Bay the only way to truly see Farewell Spit is with Farewell Spit Eco Tours provides up to date information on current activities and events.

Department of Conservation have offices in every town and are a great source of information and guidance when it comes to playing safely in our national parks

For German tourists who would like to join a German tour group – please contact Roger Thomas of Heartland Tours NZ. e-mail or phone 021-128-3327. Roger organises tours all over New Zealand.

Exercising and Bike Hire:

Do you like to run, bike and swim? Then this is the ideal area. There are many quiet roads as well as local groups you can join. You should bring a wet suit for swims.

If you’re a leisure cyclist and want to explore Nelson city and some easy rides, The Gentle Cycling company offer just what you’re looking for.

For long runs consider running the Abel Tasman trail. It is a nice way to spend a day and you can adjust the length based on how far you want to go.

Wheelie Fantastic are a very helpful and professional bike hire based at the Mapua Wharf. We offer tour packages with this company. Look at our Packages tab for further information.

Abel Tasman Mountain Biking are based out of Kaiteriteri and Marahau and offer bike rental for exploring the excellent mountain bike tracks in Kaiteriteri.

Golden Bay Escape Adventures bike hire as well as guided 1 -5 day mountain biking adventures in and around Golden Bay including the Heaphy Track which is open to cyclists from May to September.

Chris wrote this article on biking, running and swimming in the area when training for Ironman Australia.

Indoor attractions and events:

A must see is the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum close to Nelson Airport. World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum

Hoglund blown glass

Nelsons well known Suter Art Gallery showcases local and regional artists current and past. Free admission Saturdays otherwise $3 admission.

Kereru Gallery showcases the best of local artists in many mediums. Open Tuesday to Sunday 0915-1515 hrs. Along state highway 60 in Mariri on the way to Motueka. Karen 021-2629315

Broadgreen Historic House in Stoke is a Victorian era family home open to public tours from 1030-1630 hrs daily. Broadgreen is surrounded by mature gardens and a beautiful rose garden.

“It’s On” lists weekly regional Nelson events

Noteworthy local restaurants:

The village of Mapua is approximately a five min drive towards Motueka. It boasts several excellent restaurants and cafe’s. Check out Jellyfish Restaurant and The Apple Shed.

Woollaston Winery also serves excellent meals

300 m down the road from us is the eclectic and excellent Playhouse Cafe and Theatre with indoor/outdoor dining and nightly entertainment to suit every age group and interest.

Nelson Region Videos

Here are videos prepared by the Nelson Tourist Bureau on the region. Enjoy!

Nelson-Tasman: Picture Perfect

Nelson-Tasman: National Parks

Nelson City: Pocket Paradise

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