48 hour Guide to Nelson Tasman

Art mural inside Bloom, Moetueka, Tasman.

Known as a hub for creatives and growers, an enviable number of sunshine days per annum, and glorious beaches and national parks to explore, Nelson Tasman is a favourite holiday destination for many. But if you don’t have more than a couple of days up your sleeve, it’s still possible to cram in many of the best experiences the region has to offer. A visit of any length to the sunshine capital of Aotearoa will leave you feeling recharged. With our guide at hand, you’ll be able to relax while ticking off some of the highlights around town.

Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Honeymoon Destinations In New Zealand

Skyscape accommodation in Twizel.

Kick-start your marriage with five-star memories.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

A stack of Bennetto chocolate.

Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

Fill Your Cup At 8 Of The Best Wellness Retreats In New Zealand

Cabin with stunning view of lake at Aro Hā, Glenorchy.

Banish busyness in favour of an escape that will nourish your mind, body and soul.

Five Food Streets of Nelson

A photo of the front entrance to two iconic Nelson bars, taken from across the street.
Nelson Tasman
The Nelson food and drink scene is a mixture of exciting newcomers matched with popular staples that have stood the test of time. Access to fresh local produce from both land and the sea makes the city a big player in New Zealand’s food scene, and a true culinary destination. We’ve gathered together a collection of downtown streets that play host to some of the best eateries and drinkeries in town.

For the Love of Family, Community, and Great Coffee

Kiera and Marc Shaw of Bobby Franks smiling at each other outside their Nelson cafe.
A just-go-for-it attitude led Kiera and Marc Shaw to open a vibrant neighbourhood café and coffee roastery in Nelson while raising three young kids.

Score The Inside Scoop On New Zealand’s Best Ice Cream And Gelato Spots

Two ice creams in holder at Utopia Ice, Christchurch.

Because ice cream is categorically the best thing about summer.

Shop Feel-Good Fits With 11 Sustainable NZ Clothing Brands

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This is feel-good clothing in more than one way.

Taste the Tasman with Nelson's Artisan Makers, Bakers and Food Producers

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Nelson Tasman

Nelson is humming with makers, bakers and producers. Meet some of them here.

The Neat Taste Trail of Nelson Tasman

Exterior of Golden Bear in Tasman with people dining outside.
Nelson Tasman

A journey of edible delights and surprises for your tastebuds.

The New Generation of Nelson Creatives

Jamie Smith and Tom Baker of Kiln Studio standing in their studio with a black dog.
Long-time friends and fellow potters, Jamie Smith and Tom Baker are passionate about reinvigorating the creative scene in Nelson.

Your Guide to Shopping Sustainably in Nelson Tasman

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This guide is a collection of a handful of stores where you can enjoy sustainable retail therapy in Nelson.