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Nelson Area NPs & Nature

Abel Tasman NP - Te Pukatea campsite

The Marlborough & Nelson region boasts three top national parks, plus the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

The national parks all offer some excellent walking and hiking options. In particular, Abel Tasman NP features coastal and beach walking on golden sands that attracts throngs of both domestic and international hikers.

A wildcard around here is the Takaka & Golden Bay region, a gem that requires a bit of time as there’s only one way in and one way out. If you’ve got a couple of days to spare, come here!

Abel Tasman National Park

6okm or dayhike & kayak this coastal track

Kahurangi National Park

Walk the 78km Heaphy Track

Nelson Lakes National Park

Walk the Mt Robert Circuit (4-5hrs)

Takaka & Golden Bay

Rarely visited gem over the hill

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Joshua Alan Eckert