Holidays are made for exploring, dreaming, reconnecting with the natural environment, developing new tastes for local gourmet fare, discovering how a community creatively interprets itself – in short, holidays are made for getting inspired all over again.
Nelson is famous for its nucleus of ceramic artists, jewellers, painters, wood workers, wine makers and others who are ‘happy at their work’ and ready to welcome you to their place. It revels in being the sunniest region in the country, offering a relaxing pace with alfresco cafés, exceptional vineyards, first-class restaurants, locally made gourmet foods and boutique breweries. Even shopping in the city has this air of something special.
Nelson is ripe with treasures of all the best kinds. Come and be part of an enviable lifestyle fuelled by fresh food, fine wines, sunshine, and some of the best landscapes nature has to offer.
Art and wine are frequently served up together in stunning wineries and tasting studios. There are many galleries tucked away in remote locations throughout Nelson and Golden Bay. Should you wish to visit any of these we would be happy to make suggestions and supply well used driving directions. Or venture around the Lodge and property taking in works by local artists with a glass of chardonnay from our vineyard!
Abel Tasman National Park offers world renown sea kayaking, bush walking, sailing or scenic tours to view native fur seals. Walk the coastal track in 3-5 days or we can arrange water transport so you can walk from bay to bay and be picked up to meet transport connections. Highly recommended.
Kahurangi National Park, where you can experience extreme mountain biking, back country hiking and botanic tours. Kahurangi National Park encompasses ‘The Heaphy Track’ which is 82km in length and is designated one of New Zealand’s Great Walks by the Department of Conservation and its right on our door step.
Nelson Lakes National Park is set amongst regenerating native forest. Two glacial lakes form a beautiful focal point for the quaint township of St. Arnaud. This is also a protected forest where New Zealand’s iconic Kiwi bird has been re-introduced into the wild.
Trout fishing – Rainbow and Brown trout are in abundance in our local rivers and lakes. Sporting enthusiasts and anglers have long known the secret of our local rivers due to our carefully managed game and wildlife habitat.
The Motueka River Lodge has become well known in these circles. And it does help having the very best guides in New Zealand! Ask us to book you with the perfect guide to challenge and support your level of fishing.
Farewell Spit – drive through the beautiful Golden Bay to the world’s largest naturally occurring sand spit. Home to a number of migratory birds, this is a world renowned protected bird sanctuary. Join one of the most special tours the top of the south has to offer with Pattie from Farewell Spit Eco Tours
Other Actives: are only limited by your imagination!
Helicopter and fixed wing scenic flights
Or there is always the opportunity to stroll around the 35 acres of Lodge manicured gardens, sprawling lawn, orchard or our valley of native forest and wildlife.