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Nelson - Tasman Recreation

Nelson Tasman is home to three of New Zealand's most spectacular National Parks plus a Forest Park.
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These natural playgrounds are the focus of the region’s most popular outdoor activities which include mountain biking, fly fishing, diving and sailing, swimming and hiking. Nelson is also noted for its high concentration of excellent artists and craftspeople.

Nelson | Tourism New Zealand

Events in Nelson | It's On

Sports and recreation

The Nelson City Council provides a range of recreation facilities including sportsgrounds, parks and gardens. Your local community center may also run many different activities and groups for the community to join. Check out their website for more details. 

New Zealanders enjoy a huge range of sporting activities - the Sport New Zealand website lists everything from Aikido to Zen Do Kai! Check the site to see what’s available in your area and how you can get involved. Joining a club or team is a great way to meet people.

Recreation | Nelson City Council

Find a sport | Sport New Zealand

Clubs in Nelson | Citizen's Advice Bureau

Clubs in Tasman | Citizen's Advice Bureau


Tracks and walks

There are many opportunities to stretch your legs, clear your lungs and get close to nature on the walkways and tracks you’ll find wherever you go in New Zealand. Check the Department of Conservation site to find the great walks available in the Nelson Tasman region. You'll find the parks and open spaces available near you on the Nelson CIty Councill website

Walks in Nelson/Tasman | DOC

Parks and reserves | Nelson City Council


Nelson Tasman offers plenty of opportunities for children to play in safe playgrounds, including a number of skateboard parks. Check with the local council to find those near you.

Nelson/Tasman | The children's guide

Hunting and fishing rules

Both fishing and hunting are a big part of life for many in the Nelson Tasman region. Check the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fish and Game NZ websites for full information about licences and restrictions on hunting and fishing in freshwater. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has information about the rules of fishing in the sea. 

It is very important to be aware of restrictions as there can be serious penalties for breaching them. 

Nelson/Marlborough | Fish and Game NZ

Hunting in Nelson/Tasman | DOC

Challenger area fishing rules | MPI

Dog regulations

New Zealand has various laws about looking after and controlling dogs and other animals. Each council has their own bylaws so check out the Nelson City Council website for details. 

Dog control | Nelson City Council


The Nelson Tasman region offers some of the best biking in New Zealand. The stunning bays and inlets of Abel Tasman National Park, combined with a fantastic cafe scene in Nelson and wineries and craft breweries all over the region create the ideal cycling destination.

Nelson/Tasman | Biking trails

Nelson City Council | Bike maps

Art and culture

Museums and galleries

There are a number of museums and art galleries to visit in the Nelson-Tasman region. You'll find details of each on the NZ Museums website.

Search through the many galleries, arts and attractions that Nelson-Tasman have to offer on the Nelson Tasman tourism site.

Nelson Bays | NZ Museums

Arts and culture | Nelson Tasman


This site gives information about shopping in Nelson-Tasman.

Nelson shopping


Why not visit one of the Nelson markets?

Nelson Market

Nelson Farmers' Market

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