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Nelson Marlborough Tasman



Outdoor Activities


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.


Discover New Zealand's best kept secret, home to three of New Zealand's most spectacular national parks and the magnificent Mt Richmond Forest Park. The region's most popular tourism activities are based around the outdoor playgrounds of the parks.



Wine and beer enthusiasts will find the cellar doors of passionate winemakers and brewers open and foodies will lick their lips with the delectable delights they'll discover with our local produce and seafood. There's something here for everyone.


Art & Culture



The Whakatu region is rich with history from the early indigenous beginnings of the Maori from 950AD and the many encounters with European explorers and settlers from Abel Tasman in 1642, to Captain James Cook in 1769 and to the many ships of European settlers in the 1840s from England, Germany and the Netherlands.