The top 7 Adventures in Nelson / Marlborough
1, The best day hike - Abel Tasman National Park
With lush coastal forest, golden sand beaches and warm blue water the Abel Tasman has it all. Start at Marehau and walk to Anchorage or take a water taxi further into the park and walk back out - you can't go wrong. The tracks are incredibly well formed and every beach is as equally as stunning as the next. The only thing you're going to regret is not doing an overnight trip.
Time: 1hr to 6hrs+
2, The best adventure in your car - Driving The Molesworth Road
The Molesworth Road takes you right through the heart of Molesworth Station (New Zealand's largest farm). The landscape is barren and distinctly South Marlborough, photos just do not do this area justice. With campgrounds at either end this trip can be a long day trip or an overnighter. Along the way there's plenty of photo opportunities and walks to explore.
Time: 1 to 3 days
3, The best place nobody knows about - Cape Campbell Lighthouse
Famous as the location used for filming The Light Between Oceans, I'm still not sure how this one is flying under the radar! You can either walk out via Marfells Beach (two hours) or drive through the farm. The cottages are super cosy and they even have hot showers!. Staying literally meters away from the lighthouse means sunrise and sunset photos are a breeze.
Time: 1 day to 2 day
4, The best adventure involving food - Tasman's Great Taste Trail
Starting in Nelson the cycle trail winds its way along the Tasman Bay coastline all the way to Kaiteriteri. Along the way there's plenty of food, coffee and beer stops. The ride highlight has to be Hop Federation and Ginger Dynamite in Riwaka, its worth riding there for the pies alone. Starting in Mapua or Motueka is your best bet to get the most eating and drinking done in a single day. If you need to hire a bike check out Trail Journeys.
Time: Half day to multi day
5, The best adventure in the middle of nowhere - Travers / Sabine Circuit
Travers Saddle has to be one of most remote places you can visit in the top of the south and still be on a well formed track. Along the way you'll walk through lush beech forest, river flats and on top of the saddle large alpine boulder fields. Although most of the track is in the sheltered valley portions of this walk can be a serious undertaking at any time of the year.
Time: 3-4 days
6, The best nature adventure - Eko-Tours Picton
Dolphins, birds and history! Cruising through the calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound you'll get up close and personal with dolphins and seabirds on the way out to Motuara Island. Motuara Island is famous as the site where Captain Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island. Once on the island you'll see saddleback, south island robins, yellow crowned parakeets, little blue penguins, wood pigeons, skinks and even geckos if you're lucky.
Time: Half day to full day
7, The best adrenaline fix - Abel Tasman Canyons
Explore the heart of Abel Tasman National Park on an awesome canyoning trip down Torrent River. The water is crystal clear and the jumps, ziplines and abseils are spectacular! If you're after something to get the heart racing this is for you. Definetly worth the money.
Time: Half Day