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Tahunanui Beach

Fun in the sun in Nelson

Sun rays over Tahunanui Beach

Tahunanui loosely translates as big (nui) sandbank (tahuna) in Māori, and Nelson’s prime beach playground certainly lives up to its name.

Handy to town, it’s a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, paddle-boarding, kitesurfing and kayaking. Behind the rolling sand dunes is an amazing outdoor playground for all ages.

There’s everything from a hydroslide, bmx track, model railway, go-kart track, mini golf course, zoo, skatepark, roller skating rink, laser tag course, trampoline park, beach volleyball court and bumper boat park.

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Tahunanui Beach


Beaches for Kids


Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Tim McNamara