Local Nelson Tasman Attractions
You've chosen one of the most delightful regions for your vacation - we are proud of our award-winning local wineries, excellent local restaurants and the varied landscapes for visitors to explore and enjoy - from beach to mountain in the same day.
Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail
This easy cycling trail takes a leisurely tour of Tasman's most beautiful coastal and inland areas. Riders will pass vineyards, breweries, orchards and have no end of places to stop and enjoy some quality cuisine. As a loop, the trail is 174km long, but it can easily be broken down into bite sized portions just right for short morning rides and gentle afternoon cruises. The Trail passes the gate of Tui Cottage!
Tasman's Great Taste Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides.
A 15 minute walk brings you to Kina Beach. Safe, sandy and gently sloping, this beach is lovely for a peaceful walk, fossicking for driftwood, shells and, if you are lucky, petrified wood. Walking right round to Ruby Bay is possible at low tide only - remember you do need to get back too so watch the tides.
Tasman Golf Club
Visitors are made welcome at this friendly golf club with stunning, clifftop course overlooking Tasman Bay. A thoroughly enjoyable course with some of the best views in the world.
Abel Tasman National Park
Only 40 minutes away by car is New Zealand's smallest, but arguably most beautiful National Park. Walking paths wind along the coastline in and out of native bush and along stunning sandy beaches. Kayak, paddleboard or take a water taxi up and down the length of the park. The sea is a clear, jade green and you will see lots of birds and wildlife including seals and sting rays.
Kahurangi National Park
A very different landscape awaits you in Kahurangi National Park. Mountainous and dramatic - limestone crags weathered into surreal otherworldly shapes and mountain-top tarns made this the ideal location for shooting some of the Lord of The Rings film footage. A great way to see Kahurangi is by helicopter as many parts of this large park are inaccessible on foot.
Nelson Lakes National Park
Centred around two lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa, the National Park is threaded with tramping tracks and is a popular walking, hiking and camping destination with visitors and locals. Access the park via the village of St Arnaud about one hour's drive away.
Rainbow Ski Field
About an hour and half's drive away, Rainbow is accessed from St Arnaud. At 1760m, Rainbow catches regular winter snow and is kept well-groomed to create a stunning winter playground. A popular local ski field with great runs for skiing and boarding for everyone from beginner to advanced. The café at the top serves food, hot and cold drinks and espresso coffee and there's a shop in case you forgot to pack something vital. Chains are a must but can be hired and there is a shuttle service from the base car park.
Zane Mirfin - Strike Adventure Fly Fishing and Hunting
New Zealand is recognised by many as the premier wild brown trout fishing destination in the world and Tui Cottage is an ideal place to stay to easily access some of the best of this fishing. We would recommend the services of a Trout Fishing Guide and in our experience you need go no further than Zane Mirfin at strikeadventure.com
If however you just want some advice and you have your own fishing tackle, we are fly anglers ourselves and can help with local knowledge.