The Nelson and Tasman regions are two of New Zealand's most beautiful

Located at the top of the South Island this area offers beautiful golden beaches, fantastic walking tracks which range from coastal walks in the Abel Tasman to alpine walks in the Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes national parks.

We're between Nelson Lakes and Nelson

Nelson Saturday market, great for gifts Little Kaiteriteri, on the way to Abel Tasman

The alpine delights of St Arnaud are only 50 minutes away, so enjoy the snow in the winter and beautiful walking and hiking in the summer - you may even hear kiwis calling.

Those wanting more activity may want to throw themselves out of a plane, go up in a microlight, try horse riding, take a cruise, go bird spotting, scuba dive in a marine reserve.

There are many good trout fishing rivers in the area as well as sea fishing too.

And we're only 20 minutes from the central business district of Nelson.

Whatever your interests you'll find something in this region to interest you and you'll wish you could stay longer.

For those wanting culture there are museums, vineyards, farmers markets, wine tastings and many artisans and crafts people to visit.

If you're here over a weekend visit the Nelson Market on Saturday morning or wander out to the Motueka Market on Sunday.

Brightwater offers you the ideal location to enjoy the beautiful Nelson and Tasman regions from.

Exploring Nelson & Tasman

Go wine tasting Split Apple Rock

Take A Nelson Break

You'll find there is so much to do in the Brightwater, Nelson, Tasman regions.

If it's an active break you're after then you'll be well situated to explore the national and forest parks, where you can tramp, sail, swim, climb....You can go sky diving, horse riding, snorkeling or diving.

Or why not relax and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the many excellent vineyards in the region?

If it's culture you're looking for there are artisans to visit, museums to explore and Nelson Cathedral is a beautiful church to visit.

Things To Do

  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Kahurangi National Park
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Richmond Forest Park
  • Vineyards and wineries
  • Artisans and crafts
  • Art markets
  • Museums
  • Marine reserves
  • Excellent tramping & hiking
  • New Zealand Great Walks
  • Parachuting, horse riding...
  • Great Taste Cycle Trail