NZ Nelson Panorama of Nelson City reflected in the still waters of the Maitai River
NZ Nelsonvineyards
NZ Nelson Tasman Bay

Nelson Tasman is known as one of New Zealand’s most artistic places, with painters, sculptor and jewellery makers are living here. Head to the local art market to discover what makes this such a creative place.

The mountains of the Nelson Lakes National Park mark the start of the Southern Alps mountains that run through the centre of the South Island.

Multi-day hiking is the only way to reach some of the 16 lakes in the park, including Blue Lake, thought to be the clearest lake in the world. But, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa are easy to drive to. There are short (and longer) walks around these lakes, and water taxi services in season.

Active New Zealand

Outdoor and active adventures on New Zealand's North & South Islands

New Zealand must be in contention for title of adventure travel capital of the world. The list of white-knuckle thrills you can seek out here knows no bounds. New Zealand has some of the world's best sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, plus plenty of softer activities; hiking, kayaking and road more

13 days

South Island wildlife route

Whale-watching, birding and wildlife on New Zealand’s south island
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19 days

New Zealand Lord of the Rings route

Head into Mordor, explore Isengard and chill out in Hobbiton
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14 days

South Island Road Trip

Explore the National Parks of New Zealand's South Island
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