Nelson & Marlborough

Population: Circa 140,000

Climate: Hot sunny days coupled with cool nights

Great for: Wine tastings, Arts and Crafts markets, Whale watching, Walking, Mountain biking


Nelson offers some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. There is also a lively arts and music scene in Nelson, and if you want to combine art appreciation with a little shopping you can always hit the Saturday Nelson Market where you can buy works straight from the artist.

A region known for producing the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Visit world famous wineries and stop for some lunch at a vineyard restaurant.

Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman offers a great mix of adventure and relaxation. Follow the Coastal Track (it takes 3-5 days to complete), rest along the gorgeous beaches and sleep under the stars to really experience the spirit of nature.

Head’s top tip

Caroline O’Hagan:
“For all the golfers out there, Tasman Golf Club at Kina Cliffs, has twilight golf in the summertime - combine a leisurely 9 holes with great views and friendly banter.”

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Swing BridgeAbel Tasman National ParkVineyard