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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Rabbit Island and Beyond

Receive all the equipment and help you’ll need for a fun family-friendly day of cycling around Rabbit Island. The trail is flat, so easy for varying levels of ability, plus you have the option of hiring an electric bike. Self-navigate with the convenience of having a map attached to your handlebars. Enjoy the trails, beaches, sea views, and wineries of this must-visit island near Nelson.
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  • 1 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sailing Trips

Anchorage Sail and Walk

Enjoy a day of sailing and hiking at your own pace, with a fully-skippered catamaran sail followed by a self-guided hike through the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the beautiful park and coastline from two different perspectives, and see much bird, animal, and marine life. Enjoy the convenience of transfers to the starting point and a guided sail with a knowledgeable crew, plus the freedom of hiking independently.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Abel Tasman and Golden Bay Tour

Explore the highlights of one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand on a convenient full-day tour. This small-group tour takes a maximum of 11 passengers, for a personalized service. Enjoy stunning views, secluded beaches, an optional bush walk, and a cruise along the shore of the Abel Tasman National Park (sitting inside or outside, as per your choice).
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Full-Day Biking and Kayaking Adventure: Nelson to Kaiteriteri

Active, adventure-loving travelers can try both kayaking and mountain-biking around the beautiful Nelson-Abel Tasman National Park area on this day trip. Enjoy independence and the help of a guide, as the kayaking portion is guided and the biking portion is self-guided. The kayaking is ideal for beginner kayakers as the sea is sheltered, and the bike trails are also family-friendly.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

Fly Golden Bay & Cruise Abel Tasman Day Tour from Nelson

Discover the stunning scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park by land, sea, and air on this full-day tour. Soar over the Wharariki Sea Arches and Farewell Spit on a scenic flight, hike through the bush to Te Waikoropupu Springs, and enjoy lunch (own expense) in Takaka Village. In the afternoon, cool off with a swim at Totaranui Beach, then set sail on a cruise around Golden Bay and admire the coast of Abel Tasman National Park from the water.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure

Experience the convenience of a guided tour and the freedom of independent travel on this self-guided cycle adventure. You’ll receive all biking equipment and a trail map, and will be transported by vehicle to the start of the trail. Visit highlights of your own choice between Nelson and Mapua, along a coastal route. You’ll also get a discount voucher for a restaurant en route, and a ferry ticket.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Day Trips

Golden Bay Wharariki Beach Farewell Spit

Head up over the rocky outcrops and weathered limestone caves of Takaka Hill and enjoy the experience of entering another world with this scenic full day guided tour of Golden Bay, departing from nearby Nelson or Motueka. Famed for its unique landscapes, stunning beaches, great weather and laid-back lifestyle, Golden Bay is a secluded paradise of natural beauty that will leave you longing to return.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Abel Tasman National Park Awaroa Ambience

On this easygoing cruise around Abel Tasman National Park’s coastline, enjoy stunning views of the Park’s lush forests, hidden alcoves and golden-sand beaches without working up a sweat. Take your time exploring the beautiful Awaroa Bay and its surrounding forest before returning to Kaiteriteri; for most of the year, choose from one of two departure times based entirely on how much exploring you want to do yourself first.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

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Best Abel Tasman Day trip

Abel Tasman National Park is a scenic highlight of the Nelson-Marlborough region. But if you’re pressed for time and can’t spend multiple days hiking the park, this day trip packs a lot into the few hours you have available. Cruise around Split Apple Rock and then anchor at Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Once there, take the opportunity to explore the Park on your own terms: go snorkeling by the beach, take a kayak down the coast, or disembark and hike along the Pitt Head loop overlooking Te Pukatea Bay.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sailing Trips

Full-Day Self-Guided Cycle and Sail Adventure from Nelson

Active travelers will love getting out and exploring some of the most beautiful coastline in New Zealand. Cycle the ‘Great Taste Trail’ one way, and sail the other way—which way around you do the trip is up to you. As this is a self-guided trip you can go at your own pace and stop to take photos wherever you want—and you’ll want to a lot, with views across the spectacular Tasman Bay and Rabbit Island.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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