Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the wineries and artisans that thrive on our doorstep. Take a Sea Kayak trip in Abel Tasman, or bike through beautiful forest trails. Indeed, even if relaxing on one of New Zealand’s premier beaches is as active as you want to get, the options are limitless.
Mapua is “the perfect place to commence or complete your Abel Tasman experience.” – i-site Official Visitors Guide.
The Nelson region offers SO much to see and do, and with a sunny climate that is the envy of much of New Zealand, it is almost always a good day to get out and about.
The Personal Touch
Below are some of the regions highlights which make a wonderful 7 day itinerary from the chalets. If there is one comment we hear more than any other from our guests it’s that there is SO much to do here and they wish they had stayed longer! We know how hard it can be knowing what is worthwhile and what is not, especially in unfamiliar territory. As seasoned outdoor education providers, we can offer our guests guidance on some of the best Kayaking, Cycling or Hiking experiences in the region. Just ask and we will be very happy to help.
Abel Tasman National Park
Famous for it’s sea kayaking, walking and scenic water-taxi tours. Viewing the stunning bays and wildlife is a must for any visitor to the area. We can help arrange water transport, so talk to us about the many options.
Take the “Great Taste Trail” bike ferry from Mapua Wharf to Rabbit Island and explore miles of stunning unspoilt beach. The warm sea here is perfect for swimming. Take a picnic and make a day of it. Complementary mountain bike hire is available to our guests.
Kahurangi National Park
From some serious mountain biking, to wild back country hiking ‘tramps’ including ‘The Heaphy Track’ which at 82km is designated one of New Zealand’s Great Walks by the Department of Conservation. See the Department of Conservation site .
Wine and Art are married together in unique and interesting ways, with many vineyard galleries offering a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon – See the wineart website at www.wineart.co.nz for more details.
Nelson Lakes National Park
The two large glacial lakes are the focal point of this park, and feature numerous walks through regenerating bush, and high mountain ridges.
The Motueka river and its many tributaries are famous for their world class trout fishing. Talk to us about getting the most out of your time on the river with an experienced guide.
Artisans, cafés, famous micro-breweries, and more await you on the other side of Takaka Hill. Home of Pupu springs – one of the largest fresh water springs in the world, and Farewell Spit the world’s largest natural sandspit and home to rare migratory birds, this is a world renowned protected bird sanctuary.