Located at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island, the Nelson Tasman region has an enviable climate, with a sheltered coastline, and a landscape that ranges from sandy beaches to rugged mountains.
We are proud of our vibrant arts scene, with a year round calendar of events offering celebrations for our residents and attractions for visitors.
The climate and lifestyle have historically drawn artists to this region – add the growth in wine-making over recent decades to our famed seafood and fruit, plus our galleries and boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, and you go well beyond what you would normally expect to find in a provincial setting.
With a huge range of outdoor activities, sporting facilities, parks, reserves, beaches and a ski field – we can honestly say there is something here for everyone!
These amazing attractions and activities are only a 30 minute flight from Wellington, 45 minutes from Christchurch, 80 minutes from Auckland, and 2 hours drive from the Picton Ferry.
For further information visit the Nelson Tasman Tourism website.
Cycle the Tasman Great Taste Trail, exploring our region at your own pace The Tasman Great Taste Trail
The softly rolling Moutere Hills are formed from the weathered gravels of an ancient river system, which originally reached from St Arnaud to the coast. The gravel threaded clay soils are renowned for producing wines of richness and texture. The Pinot Noir is deeply flavoured with fine tannins and elegance. The Chardonnay is complex, multi faceted with excellent structure. Winemakers also produce excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and more recently Pinot Gris.
Waimea means ‘river gardens’ in Maori – with stony soils of alluvial origin, high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence, the Waimea Plains provide a great terroir. The aromatic whites are vibrant wines, with a flinty backbone acting as a counterpoint to the overt fruit flavours, while the Chardonnay here is richly expressive with fine acid structure. The Pinot Noir is perfumed with plum and cherry characters on the nose and the ripeness carrying through to the supple tannins on the palate.