​The Nelson region is about azure skies and unspoilt beauty - beaches, lakes, mountains and forests, spectacular scenery all under one "blue roof!"

Nelson region combines the best the New Zealand experience has to offer and delivers across stunning scenery, with the most sunshine hours to boot.


A few minutes walk from Ambleside:

The Nelson Golf Club

The Internationally Acclaimed World of Wearable Arts and Classic Car Museum - unique and exclusive to Nelson, NZ

Tahunanui Beach - one of the most beautiful and safest swimming beaches in NZ

Cycle Trail

World-class restaurants and cafes

Just a few minutes drive from Ambleside:

The CBD - one of the prettiest cities in the country with its hanging basket display and sculpture walk

Nelson City Riverside Walk

The famous Saturday Flea Market!

Nelson's Founders Heritage Park

The Cathedral

The Suter Art Gallery

Nelson Museum

Japanese Myazu Gardens

South Street - Nelson's oldest street

Jens Hansen - maker of the One Ring from Lord of the Rings

The airport

15-20 Minutes drive from Ambleside:

Waimea Plains - Vineyards and Wineries

Mapua Seaside Village

Cable Bay - Kayaking

Happy Valley - Skywire, four wheel bikes, horse treks

About 1 hours drive:

The jewel in the crown - the Abel Tasman National Park

Kaiteriteri Beach

Takaka Hill - Ngarua Caves

Riwaka Resurgence

About 1-1/2 hours drive:

Rainbow Ski Field

Alpine Village of St Arnaud

Beautiful Golden Bay - A unique and special ambience

Unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists, galleries and boutique shopping experiences are easily accessible and visitors to our region are able to experience all that Nelson area has to offer, whether in a short time frame or a more lengthy stay.

Nelson is a uniquely art and craft paradise - blending lifestyle and scenery at the top northwest corner of the South Island. Mountains frame our region from the tip of the Southern Alps across National Parks to numerous beaches with golden sand and clear blue water.

The "Jewel In Our Crown" - the Abel Tasman National Park

New Zealand's smallest national park is 22,350ha, famous for its golden beaches stretching from Marahau, just past beautiful Kaiteriteri and Motueka, to Wainui Bay, in Golden Bay. There are two walking tracks; the coastal track, and the inland track through the hilly centre of the park, where this unique region offers both experiences at the same time - all levels of fitness can enjoy the coastal track with easy walking through native bush.

There are four main entrances to the park - Marahau and Kaiteriteri - at the southern end, reached by road from Motueka, and the two northern entrances - Totaranui and Wainui, reached by road from Takaka in Golden Bay. Regular and on-demand bus services provide access to both points.

Commercial boat operators offer day excursions, drop-off and pick-up for walkers at various points along the coast, throughout the park. Sight seeing can be an all boating experience, either by kayak or commercial operator, to take in the breath-taking scenery of the golden coastline, seals and dolphins; or a combination of walking and boating.

Sixty-five kms and approximately 45 minutes drive from "Ambleside" Luxury Bed & Breakfast to Marahau, our guests nearly all make the Abel Tasman a part of their Nelson experience and return, sun-kissed and blissful, eager to share their adventures with our new arrivals anxious to take in all that Nelson has to offer.