RANZ 2023 Conference Pre/Post Activity Options
From Business Events - Nelson Tasman (the local council tourism office): We invite you to extend your stay and explore our beautiful, sunny region (please list of activity options see below).
Also, the Nelson Tasman region is the first in NZ to offer a Zero Carbon itinerary to tourists and we also have Light Footprint holiday itineraries. That is in addition to the many other options we have for tourists that combine operators who are working towards operating with a lighter footprint.
E-Bike the extensive MTB trails of the Cable Bay Adventure Park
Hire one of our full suspension E Bikes for an hour or half a day and explore our extensive trail system! If you're into single track mountain biking then we have a network of trails starting at an easier Grade 3 and up to grade 5 & 6 for the more experienced rider. For more of a scenic exploration ride, take our 4x4 road out to our stunning lookout, Bayview. This sees a return trip of 14km on a wider gravel path/4x4 road.
S, M, L bike sizes available - helmets included. Full face helmets for rental.
Fly over the bush on the Skywire
Experience one of the World’s longest Flying Fox’s! This one-of-a-kind experience is an amazing scenic ride with a shot of adrenaline flying high above the forest canopy.
We’ll shuttle you through old native forest, to the Skywire platform at 300m, then harness you in, 4 at a time, to the Skywire and away you go! Travel 3.2kms, at up to 100kmph, across the valley with your feet dangling above the tree canopy. Take in the views across the Tasman Sea while you fly through the sky.
Operator: Cable Bay Adventure Park Other activities: Archery, quad bikes, paintball
Bike the Great Taste Trail
Tour the Great Taste Trail and bike along boardwalks, country roads, through wine country, along the river and more with stops for photos and refueling with craft beer, coffee and cake. Depending on your tour you may cross the channel on the Mapua Ferry for a beverage stop in Mapua. Choose a guided tour on standard or e-bike.
Operator: Kiwi Journeys
On your tour journey you’ll travel to Cape Farewell, the South Island’s most northern point), be awed by dramatic coastal cliffs, fur seals, fossilised shells, sand dunes, the iconic light- house and more. Guides are passionate about the history, ecology and wildlife of the Spit and want you to be inspired and feel connected to nature on your tour.
During the summer there are up to 15,000 godwits and 15,000 knots at the Spit as well as other northern migratory birds, New Zealand natives and introduced species. It’s a nature-lovers paradise.
Travel along the 35km long spit and climb a sand dune for panoramic views of the ocean beach. With the changing colours of the sand dunes its beautiful at any time of the day.
You’ll spend time at the Farewell Spit Lighthouse and enjoy refreshments in the lighthouse keepers’ residence.
Operator: Farewell Spit Tours
Pic’s Peanut Butter World - Factory Tour
Welcome one and all to Pic’s Peanut Butter World, the home of all things Pic’s Peanut Butter!
Peanut Butter World isn’t just where we make our Really Good award-winning products, but a specially designed space that allows us to host tens of thousands of Peanut Butter lovers every year.
Our Peanut Butter World tours have been designed so young and old, as well as people of all mobilities can share in the wonder of how we make NZ’s most loved peanut butter.
Our dynamic trio of tremendous tour guides, Rosey, Rachel and Claudia are on hand to show you around and share our stories. Our tours are a delight for the senses; see it being made, and smell the peanuts being freshly roasted!
Operator: Pic’s Peanut Butter World
Skydive over the Abel Tasman National Park
Skydive in New Zealand’s most scenic piece of sky. Skydive Abel Tasman is the only place in NZ where you can see both North and South islands., two national Parks and the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline.
For a lifelong memory with a special discount of 20% off* 10,000ft, 13,000ft and 16,500ft skydives use code contact20 when making your booking.
* Discount applies to skydive price and excludes photography products and is not able to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Operator: Skydive Abel Tasman
SUP in the Beautiful Tasman Bay
Paddle, surf and play in Tasman Bay and experience the best paddling adventures from Tahunanui Beach. Choose from a variety of paddling options only minutes from Nelson city.
Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) and Sit on top Kayaks are available to hire by the hour to explore Nelson Haven at your leisure, or join us on our amazing Guided Sea Kayak tours to the Historic Nelson Lighthouse.
Available daily, family-friendly half-day trips take in all the sights and sounds of our special harbour as we paddle to the iconic Nelson Boulder Bank. There’s time to climb to the top of the lighthouse and check out the view and get a selfie, a cuppa and a cookie, then it’s only a short paddle back to the beach.
Operator: Paddle Nelson
Abel Tasman Helicopter Experience
Take a flight over the golden-sand beaches and pristine waters of the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest National Park. Land for an optional lunch at Awaroa Lodge then take a stroll down the beach or swim in the clear waters of Awaroa Bay, before returning to our Nelson Airport Base via the Tasman Bay coastline.
Awaroa Lodge is usually open from 1st September to late Mayor there may be the option to take a grazing box on tour.
Operator: Helicopters Nelson
Wine Exposed Nelson Tour
Enjoy the best of Nelson’s boutique wineries while enjoying fantastic views of Tasman Bay and the mountains beyond. Sample wines from our two unique and diverse sub-regions, the Waimea Plains and the Moutere Hills. Enjoy outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and aromatics, as well as an impressive mix of emerging varieties. Visit three local wineries and enjoy a vineyard lunch (own cost).
Discover Nelson Walking Tour
Pull on your favourite walking shoes and join our small group tour with your friendly local guide. Experience the hidden gems of Nelson, New Zealand’s 2nd oldest city and culture capital. Learn what makes this ‘village like’ city so attractive to all who live here. Hear of the history that gave shape to this slice of paradise. You’ll see street art, colonial gardens, historic buildings, abundant flora and fauna, the shopping district, dining district, Nelson Provincial Museum, Suter Art Gallery and stunning historic houses.
Operator: Wine, Art & Wilderness
Visit the Nelson Classic Car Museum
Get up close with more than 150 cars in immaculate condition. From the little 1908 Renault AX to classics of the 1950s including Vauxhalls, Triumphs and Cadillacs, through to the exquisite mastery of Jaguar and Ferrari, come and relive your own memories of your grandad’s car, your first car and your dream car!
Spend time in the museum shop stocked with an assortment of locally made items to take home as a reminder of your time here. There’s also the Little Engine Eatery café onsite.
Operator: Nelson Classic Car Museum
Moutere Wine and Artisans Day Tour
Visit the most scenic winery in Nelson, as well as several other boutique wineries offering award-winning wines. Discover New Zealand’s oldest pub, artisans’ studios, historical places of interest and stunning scenery all within a 10-30km route. This adds up to a unique cycling experience.
Back Road Adventures
Enjoy sections of The Great Taste Trail and quiet country back roads, to find that road less travelled. Allow us to take you to places most people don’t know exist.
Experience the tranquillity of the countryside, hop gardens, orchards, majestic rivers, with a stunning backdrop of Kahurangi National Park. Many of our routes also pass artisans’ studios and galleries. All this and yet never too far away from a coffee stop.
Operator: Wheelie Fantastic
Brook Waimārma Sanctuary
Nelson’s eco-haven invites you to discover the serene beauty of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s second largest predator-free fenced Sanctuary, a place where flora and fauna thrive.
Just 15 minutes from the CBD this 690-hectare hidden jewel features an abundance of mature NZ Beech forest (not found in other NZ sanctuaries); the Sanctuary is home to the largest pop-ulation of kākāriki karaka anywhere! These orange-fronted parakeets are one of the rarest species of birds in the world. The Sanctuary features an extensive network of well-maintained walking tracks and offers short 45 minute walks suitable for wheelchairs and prams through to more challenging walks of 4-6 hours in duration.
Guided evening walks to view glowworms are available in winter (bookings essential). Operator: Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park
The Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park is rich with history and native flora and fauna.
Located in the Upper Buller Gorge Scenic Reserve outside of Murchison visitors can walk New Zealand’s longest swing bridge to take one of the many nature walks, pan for gold, feel the rush of the Cometline ride or experience the thrill of one of the best jet boat runs in New Zealand.
High above the mighty Buller River the 110m long Buller Gorge Swingbridge is an experience in itself and the perfect picture opportunity whether of the famous Buller Gorge, native birds or of someone scaring themselves on the high-speed 160m Comet Line. Take the ride solo or with a friend – the more weight on the ride the faster it goes.
The 40 minute Jet Boat ride will take you up the mighty Buller, between pink granite rocks, and through beautiful native forest before heading upstream to the spectacular white water of the Ariki Falls. “Renowned Jet boating” – Lonely Planet
Horse Riding on Wharariki Beach in Golden Bay
Our jewel, your dream! West coast surf, white sand and sand dunes are overlooked by the famous archway islands. Ride through the caves and watch the seal pups play in the rock pools that are left after the tide has receded. For the more ad- venturous, a canter down the beach is thrilling! Climb above the beach and cross over the lush green hills and into our private rugged back track.
Operator: Cape Farewell Horse Treks
Shop the Famous Nelson Saturday Market
Located in the heart of the city centre the Nelson Saturday Market has been operating for over 40 years and showcases some unique offerings from over 300 local artisans.
This is a superb place to purchase locally made artisan creations, food products (think Pic’s Peanut Butter, Proper Crisps, Hogarth’s chocolate etc), clothing, jewellery, ceramics etc from Nelson Tasman and is an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning at an iconic Nelson attraction.
With plenty of food carts to keep you fuelled you can stay for hours. Open 8am - 1pm Saturdays. Operator: Nelson Market
The Mārahau Pledge
The Mārahau Pledge is a practical commitment by businesses working in the visitor sector to protect and enhance the environment that they love and work in.
All tourism operators in the seaside town of Mārahau, Nelson, have united under a new initiative launched in October 2022, called the Mārahau Pledge. Every single Mārahau-based tourism operator, from canyoning guides to water taxis, has signed up for the pledge.
All signatories must be independently certified as zero-carbon businesses by Ekos, agree to share knowledge with fellow businesses to advance sustainability and give a portion of ticket profits to biodiversity projects in the area.
The new pledge means any local tourism operator you choose in the town will be zero-carbon and donate a portion of your ticket towards a local conservation project.
* Denotes businesses signed on to the Mārahau Pledge
Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
Nestled in native bush there are over 40 trails, covering more than 70kms, ranging from easy to intermediate, advanced and expert. The bike park offers something for everyone and the pano- ramic views from the various lookouts are worth the effort. Bike hire is available.
After your ride head to Gone Burgers, where all the burgers are named after the Kaiteriteri mountain bike trails, which is also part of the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve and provides funding from every burger sold to give you some of the sweetest trails in New Zealand.
2-Night Mtn Bike, Beer, Wine and Food Getaway
Enjoy the sweet trails at the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, followed by dinner and local wines at a waterfront restaurant. After breakfast take a boat ride and guided tour to Cable Bay for an action-packed day in the Adventure Park, more sweet trails and a not-to-be-missed ride on the Skywire. Finish off with a cold craft beer before a bus ride back to Kaiteriteri, with a wine tasting stop before your well-deserved celebration dinner.
Operator: Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
Wilson Abel Tasman Vista and Barbecue Cruise
Unwind onboard and savour the Nelson year-round sunshine as you cruise the stunning Abel Tasman coastline in comfort.
See all the highlights along the coast, from granite outcrops, golden sands and lush native forest, including iconic Split Apple Rock and the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. The crew will head to the most sheltered bay to fire up the BBQ and cook your lunch, to enjoy with a glass of local wine ashore or onboard.
After lunch take a bush walk and explore or simply relax and enjoy some quality beach time, before cruising back to Kaiteriteri, via Adele Island to view the antics of the seals and listen for the birdsong.
Walking the Abel Tasman National Park
Options abound depending on your interests and include waterfall trails, golden sand beach walks, suspension bridges, watching seals play in the water, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, forest walks and more.
Operator: Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park
A Short Stroll in the Park
The best short walk in the Abel Tasman.
Catch a water taxi from Marahau to Anchorage, after a quick visit to Split Apple rock, and then a cruise along the coastline past some fantastic beaches. From Anchorage Beach, walk the Pitt Head Loop (about 1.5 hours) via the quintessential, golden-sand, crescent-shaped Te Pukatea Bay. Meet your return water taxi back at Anchorage.
Kayak the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe
If you only have a morning or an afternoon to spare, you can still do a half-day guided kayaking trip. Paddle the stretch of water in the southern part of the Park with your guide and then catch a water taxi back to Marahau. Alternatively, start your trip with a water taxi trip to Observation Beach and then kayak with the afternoon sea breeze back to Marahau.
In either direction, you explore caves, islands and the beautiful beaches along the coast with a local expert at your side.
Freedom kayak hire, half/full/multi day tours, water taxi service Operator: AbelTasman.com
Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park *
Tours include kayaking, cruising, walking or a combination of any of the three with part and full day options.
An example of one tour:
Take a guided scenic water taxi cruise up into the Abel Tasman and see Anchorage, Bark Bay and Tonga Island and the surrounds. Travel back down the coast for lunch before taking a guided kayak adventure from Observation to Marahau. You will experience up close the magic of the Astrolabe Islands and be able to see the conservation work that has been ongoing in the park.
Operator: Abel Tasman Kayaks
Sea Kayak the Abel Tasman National Park
Over 50 kilometres of coastline offer dozens of golden sand beaches to visit, while the many coves and lagoons provide plenty of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Sea kayaking here also opens up a world of sea and bird life encounters with animals such as penguins, seals and dolphins.
Boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park
With three different walk options, the Discoverer Day offers all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a full Park scenic cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking on the Abel Tasman Coast Track and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.
Sea Shuttle Cruise/Walk into the Abel Tasman National Park
Enjoy our cruise to Awaroa and upon arrival, dine at the world famous Awaroa Lodge. After lunch take a walk to another stunning beach for your pick up!
Operator: Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle
Waka to Toka Ngāwha / Split Apple Rock
Enjoy a very special waka experience held in tikanga māori. Paddle along the coast to Split Apple Rock - Toka Ngāwha, a beautiful, atmospheric place and one of the Abel Tasman coast- line’s most iconic spots. It’s an easy two-hour return paddle, and by the end you’ll feel uplifted with a strong connect to this beautiful place and our tikanga.
Operator: Waka Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
Limited for time but still want to get out on the water and feel the sea breeze in your hair? Cruise the Nelson Harbour, walk the unique boulder bank and catch views from the top of the Nelson Lighthouse on a 2.5 hour skippered sailing tour.
If you have a bit more time there are half to full day adventures that offer any combination of sailing, cruising, walking and kayaking either within the Abel Tasman National Park or in the Nelson Tasman area.
Operator: Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
Abel Tasman Eco Tours *
Explore the Ecology - Experience the Wildlife - Enjoy the Beauty
Our signature eco boat tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. We explore the coastal zones, islands, beaches, forests and streams with plenty of time for relaxing, walking and swimming.
Enjoy natural discovery, bird watching, sightseeing, photography, relaxing and learning with our knowledgeable and friendly local guides.
We offer personal, expert service and the highest safety standards in a relaxed, educational and fun manner, in the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.
Operator: Abel Tasman Eco Tours
Epic Canyoning Trips in the Abel Tasman National Park *
Abel Tasman Canyons provides a range of guided canyoning adventures. During your canyoning trip you will be sliding down water polished chutes, jumping into crystal clear pools, abseiling through showering waterfalls, and soaring down ziplines. Our professional guides will help you to take a step (or two) out of your comfort zone.
By going canyoning you will get to see a part of the Abel Tasman National Park that normally stays hidden from view.
Operator: Abel Tasman Canyons
Scenic Flights over mountains, golden sand beaches, turquoise water and towering cliffs
Choose from a variety of options or for the ultimate flight experience, add all four incredible flights together - towering Kahurangi Peaks, wild West Coast, the shifting sand dunes of Farewell Spit and golden Abel Tasman beaches.
View dramatic rock stacks and sheer cliffs towering over the tumbling Tasman Sea before flying over the famous sea arches at Wharariki Beach. Trace the dunes and lakes the length of Farewell Spit to the lighthouse. Witness valleys carved by ancient glaciers and the jagged ‘Dragons Teeth’.
Operator: Golden Bay Air
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