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Tasman District

A Natural Wonderland of Endless Discovery



Spanning the northern coast of New Zealand's South Island, the Tasman District is a region of extraordinary natural beauty and diverse landscapes that beckons to be explored. From the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park to the rugged peaks of the Kahurangi National Park, this stunning corner of the country offers endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and discovery.

A Tapestry of Natural Beauty

The Tasman District is a true natural wonderland, with a breathtaking array of landscapes that showcase the very best of New Zealand's natural beauty. At the heart of the region lies the Abel Tasman National Park, a coastal paradise of golden beaches, turquoise waters, and lush native bush. This stunning park is home to the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track, a 60-kilometer hiking trail that winds its way along the coastline, offering picture-perfect views at every turn.

Further inland, the Kahurangi National Park is a vast wilderness of rugged mountains, deep river gorges, and ancient forests that cover an area of over 450,000 hectares. This park is a haven for hikers and adventurers, with a network of trails that range from short nature walks to challenging multi-day treks, such as the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks.

Other natural highlights of the Tasman District include the crystal-clear waters of the Te Waikoropupū Springs, the longest cave system in the Southern Hemisphere at Harwood's Hole, and the stunning vistas of the Waimea Inlet, the largest enclosed estuary in the South Island.

Adventure Around Every Corner

With such a diverse range of landscapes and natural wonders, it's no surprise that the Tasman District is a mecca for adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're into hiking, biking, kayaking, or simply soaking up the scenery, there's no shortage of activities to keep you entertained.

For those who love to explore on foot, the region is home to some of the best hiking trails in New Zealand, from the gentle walks of the Abel Tasman National Park to the challenging alpine treks of the Kahurangi National Park. Mountain bikers will also find plenty to get excited about, with a network of world-class trails that wind their way through the region's stunning landscapes, such as the Great Taste Trail and the Coppermine Trail.

If you prefer to take to the water, the Tasman District has you covered, with a range of kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and boat tours available. The sheltered waters of the Abel Tasman National Park are perfect for a leisurely paddle, while the more adventurous can tackle the rapids of the Buller River or explore the hidden coves and beaches of the Marlborough Sounds.

Relaxation and Discovery

While the Tasman District is undoubtedly a haven for adventure seekers, it's also the perfect place to unwind, recharge, and discover the simple pleasures of life. The region is dotted with charming towns and villages, each with its own unique character and attractions.

In the bustling town of Motueka, you can browse the local art galleries, sample the region's famous hops at a craft brewery, or simply relax in a cozy café with a good book. The nearby village of Mapua is a food lover's paradise, with a thriving wharf precinct that's home to a variety of artisan food producers, restaurants, and bars.

For a more laid-back experience, head to the golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach, where you can soak up the sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or take a scenic cruise along the coastline. Or, if you're in need of some serious pampering, treat yourself to a day of relaxation at one of the region's many luxury lodges, such as the Edenhouse or the Split Apple Retreat.


With its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and discovery, the Tasman District is a region that truly has it all. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable holiday destination, this extraordinary corner of New Zealand's South Island is sure to exceed your expectations. So why not start planning your Tasman adventure today? The natural wonders and exciting experiences of this remarkable region are waiting to be discovered.

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