ZIP THROUGH THE TREETOPS
Experience a 160m tandem or single zipline ride across the Buller River and walk the length of New Zealand’s longest swing bridge at the Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure & Heritage Park. Or you could head to Cable Bay Adventure Park and strap in for one of the world’s longest flying fox experiences – a scenic, adrenaline-fuelled ride above the forest canopy.
HAVE SOME WHITEWATER FUN
Murchison is the whitewater capital of New Zealand, so whilst you’re there you may as well indulge in some water-based adventures. Feel the thrill as you jetboat through the pink granite canyons of the Buller Gorge, or ride the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip.
FREEFALL FROM 20,000FT
Experience the ultimate thrill of skydiving from 20,000ft – one of the highest in New Zealand. If the adrenaline rush from up to 90 seconds of freefall isn’t enough, the scenery over the North and South Islands, three national parks and the golden coastline sure will be.
Be like the locals and go wharf jumping in Mapua, the perfect way to cool off after a day or weekend spent browsing the boutique shops, galleries, icecream stalls, wine bar, brewery and eateries in the area.
HANG ABOUT AT PAYNE’S FORD
Payne’s Ford is New Zealand’s premier limestone sport climbing destination, just minutes from the Takaka River in Golden Bay. Adventurers will find over 200 bolted routes along the limestone crags and walls, ranging from cruisy climbs to gnarly roof grunts. Cool off with a swim in the river afterwards.
VISIT THE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Connect with nature at the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, the largest fully fenced sanctuary in the South Island. Take a guided walking tour or explore the tracks that weave throughout the sanctuary at your own pace, listening to the birdsong and spotting waterfalls, wildlife and native flora along the way.
IMMERSE IN A LIMESTONE WONDERLAND
Step out of this world and explore some of the stunning natural landscapes nestled over the Takaka Hill in Golden Bay. Spot faces in the limestone labyrinth at Labyrinth Rocks Park or climb the staircase to enjoy views over the valleys at the Grove Scenic Reserve.
Explore the range of activities on offer at the Tahunanui Beach Reserve, including the pro- kart racing track, trampoline park, bumper boats, hydroslide, roller skating rink, children’s zoo and much more.
Test your navigation skills and discover the hidden bays, short walks, landmarks and history of Kaiteriteri on an orienteering adventure. Grab a map from the Kaiteriteri Reserve office.
GET A HOLE IN ONE
Putt your way around the region’s golf courses, from the hilltop stunners with sweeping sea and estuary views, to the valley charmers and quiet rural gems. There are also plenty of mini- golf courses if you’re looking for something a little lower key.
Rug up warm and enjoy the beauty of the milkyway at New Zealand’s first Dark Sky Park in the Wai-iti Domain. Or visit Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park where a starry night sky and a beautiful, calm lake make for incredible astro-photography. Or sit on the deck at River Road Retreat and take in the night sky above and beyond the Western Ranges.
SEE THE BEACHES
Nelson Tasman is renowned for its beautiful beaches, from the gorgeous golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park to the rocky, pebble beach at Cable Bay, the calm, sheltered haven in Tahunanui, the family friendly picnic areas at Rabbit Island and the wild and wonderful Wharariki Beach.
FIND A SWIMMING HOLE
If swimming in the sea isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to discover swimming holes among the pristine rivers that dissect the region. Start with a 5 minute walk over the road from River Road Retreat and find local swimming hole on the Waimea River. If you are willing to drive then the rivers in the Maitai, Lee and Aniseed Valleys are popular destinations for a dip, as is the Aorere River in Golden Bay. Payne’s Ford in Takaka and the Eel Hole in Murchison are also local favourites.
SEE THE FALLS
Take a stroll along the banks of the Wainui River through lush native bush to see the beautiful 20m Wainui Falls in Golden Bay, cool off under a light rain shower at Whispering Falls in Aniseed Valley, discover the 40m Whisky Falls at Lake Rotoiti, splash about in the Aorere River at Salisbury Falls in Golden Bay or pull over on the Shenandoah Highway to see the majestic Maruia Falls in Murchison.
LOOK OUT AT HARWOODS HOLE
Take a 45 minute stroll through stunning beech forest and limestone outcrops to a lookout over a giant sinkhole nestled into the Takaka Valley landscape, recognised as the deepest vertical shaft in New Zealand. There are no barriers at the lookout so please be careful and ensure children are supervised.
SEE CAPE FAREWELL & FAREWELL SPIT
Farewell Spit is one of the world’s longest natural sandspits and a guided tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the sand dune environment, wildlife and history of this spectacular nature reserve, bird sanctuary and wetland. These tours also include a visit to the dramatic sandstone cliffs at Cape Farewell, the northernmost point of the South Island.
The wild and wonderful Wharariki Beach is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most intriguing beaches and the archway islands are a major drawcard for visitors. It takes 20 minutes to walk from the carpark, or you can take a day walk along the Puponga Hilltop Track to view the Pillar Point Lighthouse, CapeFarewellandWhararikiBeach.Youcan even ride horseback along the beach with Cape Farewell Horse Treks.
GO SEA-SIDE IN WESTHAVEN
Take a scenic coastal drive along the beautiful, unspoilt Whanganui Inlet in Westhaven and enjoy the spectacular views of the wildlife and marine reserve and lush coastal forest that border the road.
LOOK OUT AT CABLE BAY
The views from the top of Sentinel Hill along the Cable Bay Walkway are truly unparalleled. Walk the entire length through to Glenduan, or simply head to the top of the hill for a picnic, looking out over the ombre seascape, crescent-shaped pebble beach and rolling pastures. There’s plenty to do in the area including an adventure park, archery, kayaking and 4WD farm tours.
TAKE A DIP IN MOTUEKA
Visit the saltwater baths located on the Motueka foreshore, a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing and photography. Relax with a picnic or BBQ and enjoy Tasman Bay’s stunning coastal scenery.