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Bay Crest Motor Lodge
87 Golf Road


Considered to be the jewel in Nelson’s crown, Tahunanui is one of the most popular and frequented family beaches in New Zealand.

This beautiful coastal spot just an 8 minutes’ drive from Nelson city centre and also home to Bay Crest Motor Lodge. Many holidaymakers see Tahunanui as the perfect place to stay being that there is such a variety of things to do and see within a short walk.


Activities in Tahunanui

Tahunanui Beach is a large tidal beach that is very family-friendly and it makes for a great playground for swimmers, walkers, joggers and windsurfers.

Tahunanui Beach

If the beach isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll be pleased to know that Tahunanui offers an abundance of other things to do and see. These include a skate park and playgrounds, roller skating rink, hydroslide and bumper boats, tennis courts, a BMX track, model railway, plus petanque, golf and mini golf. Best of all, you won’t need to get into your car to do any of these.

Eating Out in Tahunanui

There is a smorgasbord of options in Tahunanui when it comes to eating out. One of the most popular cafes in the area is The Beach Café, which funnily enough is located right next to the beach in Tahuna Reserve. Here you can expect to find quality affordable food and beverages and excellent service, plus it offers the convenience of being open 7 days a week, plenty of parking, wheelchair access and a kids play area right next door.

If you fancy a cold locally brewed beer and a hearty meal in a unique atmosphere, be sure to check out Smugglers Pub & Café. Another eating out option in Tahunanui worthy of checking out is 623 On The Rocks which is a small restaurant with an intimate dining area and an appealing menu to boot.

Smugglers Pub & Cafe

Nelson Fun Park Hydroslide & Bumper Boats

Fun parks have long appealed to our innate desire to get our pulses racing, our adrenaline pumping and as a guaranteed way to see the world's biggest grins on your kids' faces. 

There's definitely plenty of fun and thrills for the whole family at the Nelson Fun Park in Tahunanui. Charge down the hydroslide, perform acrobatic manoeuvres on the bumper boats or slow it down with a civilised round of mini golf that's bound to get everyone laughing. 

It's close to the beach and cafes or you can bring a picnic to enjoy poolside. It's a great way to entertain the kids and it's just a few minutes’ walk from Baycrest Motor Lodge.  

bumper boats Nelson

Pro Karts

While you're staying with us at Baycrest, take the short walk down to Pro Karts at Tahunanui Beach and have a race on their go karts. They offer safe, fun karting options for everyone from the age of 3 to adults. They're located right next to the Nelson Fun Park, making it handy for a family fun day out with all these activities in one place.

Pro Karts have one of New Zealand's only outdoor tracks, just under 300 metres in length, featuring a multi-level track with a bridge, cork screw, chicane, kerbed corners and hairpin. Nelson's perfect weather means you can enjoy the heart stopping excitement all year round. 

With all this fun literally just down the road, Baycrest Motor Lodge is the perfect motel accommodation to base yourself during your visit to Nelson.

Pro karts Tahunanui