Nelson / Tasman
With three national parks within its boundaries, the Nelson / Tasman region is stunningly unique with a hugely diverse landscape.
Known for its year-round sun, crystal clear turquoise waters, golden beaches and gateway to two of New Zealand’s Great Walks, this region is one huge adventure park with something for everyone.
Nelson is also famous for its boutique wineries and arts and crafts; including carvers, glassblowers, painters, potters and weavers. There are numerous craft and wine trails to follow taking in the regions most attractive rural settlements.
Adventure, Arts and Culture, Walking and Hiking, Beach and Water, Beauty and Wellness, Cycling and Mountain biking, Fishing, Food & Drink; there really is no reason to ever be bored in Nelson.
Local Lux Selected Experiences
Private Abel Tasman Day Trip – small group scheduled or Private Charter options available
Experience the best of the Abel Tasman in one fun-filled day. On this special Abel Tasman personalised small group scenic cruise you’ll have the opportunity to kayak, swim, bird watch, photograph wildlife & scenery, snorkel, walk, eat and relax.
Cruise along the Abel Tasman National Park’s coastline; past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round golden sandy bays, Adele and Fishermans Islands, and on to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve where you will see New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun.
While your skipper is preparing lunch you can swim, kayak, go for a bush walk or just relax on board before exploring further. There’s an opportunity to walk through one of the most diverse coastal bush tracks on the Pitt Head Nature Loop; approximately 1 hour with stunning views of Te Pukatea Bay and through New Zealand native bush.
Heaphy Track Heli-Hike
One of our nine Great Walks the Heaphy Track is traditionally a four-day tramp but you can enjoy some of the very best parts in only a day with a guide and utilising helicopter access. Ideal for families or couples this is a most amazing day experience.
After meeting your guide depart Nelson in your helicopter taxi, flying west into the stunning Kahurangi National Park for a mountain landing and some morning tea. From a vantage point overlooking the region your guide will point out the unusual geological features of the area before continuing on to a point on track from where you’ll begin your hike.
The great thing about having your own ‘taxi’ is you can decide on your starting point along the track, choosing how long you want to hike, anywhere between 1 – 4 hours, ending on the West Coast Nikau Palm fringed beach. Relax and enjoy a well-earned picnic lunch, play on the beach, soak up the beauty and tranquillity of this truly beautiful wilderness.
When you’re ready climb on board for the return flight, flying over the rugged North West coastline viewing seal colonies and eroded rock formations before landing at the archways of Wharariki Beach. Flying on form here enjoy stunning aerial views of Farewell Spit and Golden Bay before returning to your destination.