Abel Tasman and Nelson Activities


Tasman Bay is a haven for craftsman including artists, sculptors, wood turners and potters who are keen to show their work in their studios and art galleries which abound the area, including 7 in Tasman village .

The wonderful climate of Nelson and Tasman means that wine tasting of world class wines at the many local vineyards is an ideal way to spend a few hours of a day. Wine tastings can be arranged at any of our local excellent wineries; there are 3 on Kina Peninsula!  Our local Tasman Store in the village has a great selection of local regional wines at very good prices including the award winning Blackenbrook wines and other local wines including Kina Beach, Kina Cliffs, Sea Level, Mahana.  We  are surrounded by excellent boutique wineries.

Golf is a popular activity and many guests enjoy the 9-hole experience at the stunning Kina Cliffs Golf Club just a few minutes drive.

The new internationally acclaimed Great Taste Trail offering cyclists many kilometres of cycling from Nelson to Kaiteriteri with many opportunities of hiring bikes from Nelson cycling companies or Wheelie Fantastic, located  locally in  Mapua.    

Within walking distance or a 5-minute drive

  • The regions's best coffee and muffins at The Grind at Tasman Store - walk for the exercise or a few minutes drive from Almyra
  • lunch at New Zealand's award winning  Jester House Café or 10 minutes drive to one of the excellent award winning Mapua cafes.
  • Golf at Tasman Golf Club with its magical sea views.
  • Safe swimming beaches, stroll to Kina Beach and enjoy amazing views over the ocean to Nelson and beyond.
  • Wine tasting and vineyard visits - why not enjoy a wine tasting at Kina Cliffs Vineyard or Kina Beach Vineyard.
  • Walking - stroll along the beach - you can walk for miles.
  • Biking - cycle into Motueka and enjoy the coastal cycle path or be more adventurous on the Great Taste Trail.
  • Artists' studios and galleries - we are surrounded by Arts and Crafts studios and Ron can show you his own pastel works here at Almyra.
  • Fishing and bird watching.
  • Boat ramp.
  • Local shop selling fresh home made cakes, bread,  milk, eggs and award winning coffee

Within 10 minutes' drive

The township of Motueka with:

  • Shops &, restaurants, cafés, cinemas and museum.
  • 18-hole golf course and mini golf
  • Kayaking, jet boating, fishing
  • Skydiving, gliding, microlight flying, aerial acrobatics
  • Horse trekking
  • 4 x 4 Motorbike adventures
  • Roadside fruit stalls where you can buy locally grown fruit & vegetables
  • Motueka Sunday Market for produce and arts and crafts

Within 30-40 minutes' drive

  • Kaiteriteri with its golden sandy beaches and voted one of the worlds Top Ten best beaches; water sports and water taxi service to Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Marahau - gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park - from where you can tart to walk in to the Abel Tasman National Park or catch a water taxi to one of the beautiful sandy beaches or Awaroa inlet.
  • Rabbit Island - where you can walk for miles along soft sandy beaches.  Why not take the ferry from Mapua to Rabbit Island and enjoy walking for miles along the beach or through the forest paths.
  • Nelson City with its many attractions, including Nelson Cathedral and the World of Wearable Arts Museum. Wander around South Street with its art & pottery studios or just soak up the cafe culture in Trafalgar Street and watch the world go by.
  • Nelson Market on a Saturday morning is a MUST for Market lovers - local produce, cheeses, crafts
  • Nelson Airport is an easy 40 minute drive from Almyra Waterfront Lodge, with direct domestic flights to our major cities.
  • Play golf at one of 5 golf courses in the area.
  • Visit Ngarua Caves on Takaka Hill or the pure fresh water of the Resurgence.
  • Enjoy a wine  tour in Nelson or a combined Nelson cycling and wine tour. We recommend Velo Vino.


Within 1-2 hours' drive:

  • Explore the dramatic landscape of the mountains of Kahurangi National Park or the Rainbow Ski fields and lakes of Nelson Lakes National Park.
  • Visit Golden Bay with its beautiful sandy beaches and the famous fresh water springs at Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs or catch some fresh salmon for your dinner at Anatoki Salmon Farm.
  • Visit Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park and take a Farewell Spit Eco tour or Cape Farewell Horse Trek or a guided nature tour. For the more adventurous take a Remote Adventure Scenic Flight to view the Heaphy Track and Lord of the Rings Sites.
  • Wharariki Beach on the Whareriki Beach on the West coast with its amazing windswept sand dunes.
  • Enjoy coffee or lunch at the Naked Possum cafe with its outdoor fire & eco tannery & possum shop, at the entrance to the Kaituna Walking Track.

"I can't believe Nelsonians get to wake up in this amazing paradise every morning" Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf, Lord Of The Rings)

About Mapua

Located a short 15 minute drive from our luxury Nelson accommodation, the small Mapua township is focused around the Mapua Wharf. Here you will find a range of shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and cafes.

Catch the Mapua Ferry from Mapua to Rabbit Island, or take a short cruise around the beautiful Waimea Estuary. Rabbit Island is a public reserve offering a range of activities including barbeque, swimming, walking, and mountain bike tracks. Local wildlife include the white heron, royal spoonbill, shags and oyster catchers. Fishing from the Rabbit Island bridge is popular or white baiting, or you can surf-cast along the beach front.

Abel Tasman National Park

Located a short 40 minute drive from Almyra Waterfront Lodge, we are your gateway to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park.  This beautiful coastal National Park is ideal for day trips of relaxation or adventure. Golden sand beaches line the shores, framed by granite cliffs and native forestry. 

Walking and hiking in the park are popular activities. There are a variety of tracks, ranging from short easy walks to multi-day difficult hiking tracks. Some of the tracks in the Abel Tasman National Park include:

  • The Abel Tasman Coast Track  - a 3 - 5 day intermediate hike
  • Harwoods Hole Track - an easy 45 minute one way walk
  • Wainui Falls Track - an easy 30 minute one way walk
  • Inland Track - a difficult 3 day hike

Sea kayaking and sea canoeing are also very popular activities. Kayaking allows access to some of the beautiful sheltered coves that hiking tracks bypass. Because the tracks are very near to the shore, visitors can both kayak and hike in the same day.

Other activities in the Abel Tasman National Park include:

  • Kayaking and Sea Canoeing
  • Bird Watching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Sun Bathing

A few comments from our guests

  • " New Zealand's best kept secret" - Trevor, Melbourne, Australia
  • " This accommodation and hospitality was unrivalled, we will memorise every bit of our stay - thank you very much" - Anne and Otto, Germany
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