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Nelson City Stay, New Zealand

Wharariki Beach Nelson


PLEASE NOTE: We can help you add, adjust and tailor the itinerary to suit your requirements.  Each clients itinerary is different. We work to your budget and take advantage of current specials in the marketplace for your time of travel.


  • Nelson Wine and Artisans Tour

  • Able Tasman National Park guided walk

  • Craft beer cycling tour

  • Scenic flight over Able Tasman coastline, guided kayaking, wildlife spotting, picnic lunch

  • All transfers

  • Breakfast Daily


Destinations:    Nelson

No. of days:      5 Days

Nelson is the perfect place to chill out, explore nature and immerse yourself in stunning scenery. One of the sunniest locations in New Zealand it is an excellent base to explore the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.  Nelson is also well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene.  You get to cover all of this during your four-night itinerary.  Start off by exploring the Nelson region on a wine and artisans tour visiting and enjoying wineries and art galleries in the area.  Don’t forget about beer! Nelson has a thriving craft brewery culture and you get to experience this on a scenic cycling tour on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.  Able Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park and a wonderful place for walking, sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting and exploring.  You get to experience it on the water, on foot and in the air – the perfect combination to discover and explore this fantastic part of New Zealand.


Day 1:   You’re off exploring the Nelson region today on a wine and artisans tour.  You’ll get to visit local arts and craft studios and stop for a gourmet lunch at a renowned local Restaurant. On this tour you will learn to taste wines like a professional and see some amazing art that Nelson is well known for.  You’ll learn about the local European and Maori history as you travel between the wineries and art galleries covering over 100kms of pristine scenery.


Day 2:   ­­­­You have a wonderful day exploring the Abel Tasman National Park today.  Start with a full park scenic cruise with visits to Split Apple Rock, a Fur Seal Colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.  With a choice of two different options enjoy a guided walk along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. The guides will take you on a hike through the Abel Tasman National park all the while introducing you to the native flora and fauna within the forests and beaches. You’ll get to learn about the history, wildlife and people who have left their mark in this very special place.


Day 3:  Today is all about cycling and beer!  Beer has been central to the local culture of the Nelson-Tasman region, dating back to the first New Zealand settlements in the 1840s. Craft breweries of all sizes now stretch across the region. On this full day tour meet your Guide in Nelson and follow the Great Taste Trail through the beachside suburb of Tahunanui, Stoke and to Richmond and looping back to Nelson exploring locally owned, family-run breweries on route. Your Guide will share local history and fascinating local beer facts and stories along the way. Over the course of the day you will cycle a total of 28km.


Day 4:   Abel Tasman National Park is spectacular; you’ve seen it from the ground and today you get to fly over it today with a stunning scenic helicopter flight from Motueka Airport to Awaroa.  After a 1 hour coastal walk you’ll meet your kayak guide and enjoy the afternoon paddling through the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, spotting wildlife before enjoying a picnic lunch at one of the parks magnificent golden beaches.  You’ll get a chance to swim, lounge on the beach or explore the area. From here you’ll be paddle onwards to Anchorage, one of the Abel Tasman’s most popular beaches and then take an exhilarating water taxi ride back to Marahau (the start of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track)  You’ll finish the tour on the Marahau Waterfront enjoying a complimentary beverage at the Hooked on Marahau Restaurant.


Day 5:   Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Customized Itinerary

  • All aspects of this itinerary can be changed to suit your requirements.

  • The itineraries provided are great introductions to your chosen destination.  You can create a travel plan using the itinerary provided or make modifications to destinations, activities and accommodation and create the dream trip you want.

  • Not every traveler is the same, we get that and so that’s why we recommend making changes to suit your needs. In fact, we insist - we want you to have the best trip.

  • If you would like any recommendations for dinner or shopping areas please let us know we are happy to help and make bookings for you where necessary.

Visa requirements:

To travel to Australia you will need a US passport valid for at least 6 months and we can process an ETA Visa for free for US Citizens.  We will need a copy of your Photo Page of your Passport.  Nationalities of any other countries please enquire with your agent to see if you are eligible for a free ETA Visa or if you need to apply for a Visitor Visa.

To travel to New Zealand you will need a US passport valid for at least 6 months and an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority. More information on the NZeTA application requirements and process can be found on our FAQ page here.

Travel Insurance:

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. We will provide a travel insurance quote at the time of booking, and you are free to use our recommended insurance with Travelguard, find your own, or book without insurance.

A product that we can offer is a Cancel For Any Reason policy that will provide you with 80% back in refunds.  If the cancellation is for medical reasons there is a 100% refund..

Additional information:

Downunder Journeys services travel requests from the United States and Canada for travel to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Tahiti.  All pricing on this website is in US Dollars.


All of the sample itineraries on this website do not include airfares as the airfare price changes daily and to ensure you get the best possible price we will work with the best airfares at the time.  If you happen to buy your airfare first and then need a package to fit it, we can certainly help with that as well, just let us know.


As an idea for a 2-week vacation to Australia or New Zealand we recommend a budget of around $8,000-10,000 (including economy airfare), this would be for a 4 star and above itinerary, a little cheaper if we did more moderate accommodations.

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