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Adventure Activities

Nelson is renowned for being a reasonably quiet, laid-back part of New Zealand, however it also has a huge range of outdoor adventure activities for locals and visitors to the area to enjoy all year round.

Our motel in Nelson is conveniently located just outside of Nelson city, providing quick access to horse riding, hiking and trekking, mountain biking, 4 wheel driving, climbing, kite surfing, sailing, fishing, sea kayaking, diving, rafting, paragliding and hang gliding.

Below are a number of Nelson tourism operators providing popular adventure activities in the Nelson and Tasman region which are quick to access whether you drive a motorhome or campervan, or smaller vehicle from a Nelson car hire company.

Happy Valley Adventures

Just 10 minutes outside of Nelson city is Happy Valley Adventures, which offers a variety of fun activities including guided ATV 4 wheel quad bike tours, paintball, horse trekking and the Skywire flying fox, the longest of its kind in the world.

Happy Valley Adventures Nelson

Baton Run Horse Treks

Head off the beaten track in your New Zeland rental campervan and explore Nelson’s untamed back country that is 50 minutes from Abel Tasman National Park. Baton Run Horse Treks provide various horse treks from the fully catered ½ day trek priced at $200 to the five day trek including 4 night’s accommodation for $2300.

Horse Treks Nelson

Sail Nelson

With its wonderful temperate climate and among the most annual sunshine hours in New Zealand, Nelson is the ideal place to explore the outdoors. Sail Nelson offers fantastic yachting charters that include anything from a two hour jaunt, a sunset sail around Nelson Harbour and a full day’s sailing for up to 8 people. They charge $120 per hour for up to 8 people for a minimum of 3 hours as well as day sails from 10am – 6pm for $800 and fully catered 5 day charters priced at $1400 per person.

Sailing in Nelson

Tasman Sky Adventures

Enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of Abel Tasman National Park with a scenic micro-light flight. Flights costs start at $105 for approximately 15 minutes to $330 per hour and leave from Motueka Airfield. Tasman Sky Adventures also offer tandem hang gliding, which take in panoramic mountain and sea views. It’ll cost $195 for a 15 – 20 minute flight from 2500ft or $330 for approximately 30 minutes from 5280ft.

Micro light Nelson

Biking Nelson
The experienced MTB riders at Biking Nelson provide relaxed mountain biking tours that explore the Nelson region’s rugged landscapes, beautiful mountain scenery and pristine rivers. They can create rides to suit your individual requirements and ability with many technically challenging tracks on offer. Prices start at $90 for a 3 hour guided ride using your own equipment to $115 for the equivalent ride that includes the use of a bike, helmet, gloves and a spares kit supplied by Biking Nelson. Group and low season discounts are available as are customised rides.

mountain biking in nelson

Abel Tasman Tours & Guided Walks

Perhaps the most popular of all walking tracks in the region is the Abel Tasman Coast Track. This is a great walk that extends for 54.4km and takes an average of 3 – 5 days to complete and can be walked from either end. There are camp sites and huts where you can stay for free but bookings are required. Abel Tasman Tours & Guided Walks provides a full day guided walk within the area for $235 per person and this includes lunch, refreshments, local stories and all water taxi fares.

abel tasman walking tracks

Kahu Kayaks

This small locally owned and operated business is based in Marahau and provides guided sea kayaking tours as well as freedom kayaking in the Abel Tasman area. Kahu Kayaks offer 7 different guided tours that range in price from $90 - $255 per person. Some of the scenery you can expect to see includes nesting cormorants, sea caves, islands and the world famous Split Apple Rock.

seak kayaking nelson

Nelson Paragliding

With its beautiful climate and wonderful scenery, Nelson is one of the most popular places in New Zealand to do a tandem paragliding flight. Located just minutes from Nelson motel Bay Crest Motor Lodge is Nelson Paragliding, a business offering a first class paragliding experience, flying with Stew Karstens, the New Zealand tandem distance recorder holder of 79km. Their tandem flights take approximately 2 hours from the time of pick up to drop off and costs $180 per person.

paragliding in nelson

Skydive Abel Tasman

Of all of the adventure activities available in Nelson, skydiving is perhaps the greatest of all. Through Skydive Abel Tasman you can jump from 16,500ft and enjoy the ultimate adventure thrill and admire the stunning view of nearby mountains, golden beaches and turquoise oceans. Prices for tandem skydiving in Nelson start at $249 per person.

sky diving in nelson