The Luxury Guide to Nelson©
The Luxury Guide to Nelson

The Luxury Travel Guide to Nelson

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Plan a Premium Trip to Nelson

Can you imagine landing on a mountain via helicopter to hike a New Zealand Great Walk or perhaps visit a remote Lord of the Rings location? How about a cruise in a private catamaran yacht for three days? What about indulging in Nelson’s finest cuisine among the vines? This is what a luxury trip to Nelson can look like thanks to its array of premium tours and experiences offering an ideal balance of adventure and relaxation.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or “just because”, plan your visit to Nelson complete with tours, accommodation and dining with this luxury travel guide to Nelson.

Premium Activities in Nelson

  • Explore Nelson Tasman by helicopter
  • Take a scenic flight with Golden Bay Air
  • Do a day tour or liveaboard holiday with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
  • Hire a private charter with Abel Tasman Charters – Day Tours
  • Do a wine, beer or art trail tour
  • Do a small-group or private tour of Abel Tasman or Golden Bay with Wine, Art & Wilderness
  • Indulge in a spa day
  • Do some fine dining in Nelson city and the surrounding vineyards.

For the finer details on each experience, take a look at the 8 Luxury Activities in Nelson.

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Luxury Adventure Activities

Nelson has no lack of lavish experiences, especially ones in the air where you can get a unique perspective of the area, the surrounding national parks and get to hard-to-reach places. Speaking for hard-to-reach places, almost anything is possible with Helicopters Nelson New Zealand who offer a wealth of scenic slights and heli-adventures in the Nelson Tasman region. Their Abel Tasman Experience takes you on a private 50-minute flight over the golden sands, bays and turquoise waters of the national park, while The Ultimate Lord of the Rings Combo Tour is a journey with heli-landings in Middle-earth locations. One of their heli-adventures is a flight to the Heaphy Track Great Walk with a mountain landing and picnic lunch complete with wine and beer included. Find out more about their tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Back down on earth, experience Abel Tasman on a catamaran sailing yacht with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures. From small-group cruises into the national park to the same offerings but on private charters, there’s a tour to experience a range of tastes and budgets. Alternatively, join them for a three-day Abel Tasman liveaboard holiday with a yacht exclusively for you and your loved ones and friends. The yacht accommodates up to eight guests across four private queen cabins and includes the use of snorkelling gear, SUP boards, kayak, as well as visits to remote bays, waterfalls and sections of the Abel Tasman Great Walk. Learn more about Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures on Viator and Tripadvisor.

More private boat charters in the Abel Tasman National Park are available with Abel Tasman Charters – Day Tours (on Viator and Tripadvisor), while fixed-wing flights are an option with Golden Bay Air. Find out more about these tours in the 8 Luxury Activities in Nelson.

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Luxury All-weather Activities

See the Nelson Tasman region under the cover and comfort of a luxury tour vehicle with small-group and private tours available.

You’ll hardly care what the weather is doing as you hopping from winery to winery, art gallery to art gallery and/or brewery to brewery with one of the small-group tours with Wine, Art & Wilderness (on Viator and Tripadvisor), Bay Tours and Day Out. Wine, Art & Wilderness and Day Out both offer private tours of Nelson’s art and food scene, while Wine, Art and Wilderness and Bay Tours also provide small-group options to ensure more affordable luxury. You’ll get to visit a selection of attractions we highlight in the 24 Nelson Wineries on the Nelson Wine Trail, 8 Craft Breweries in Nelson You Have to Try and 11 Nelson Art Galleries That Will Inspire You. Take your pick to bring along on a bespoke tour or leave it to the experts to curate an itinerary for you.

For more all-weather activities, head to the 10 Things to Do in Nelson on a Rainy Day.

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Fine Dining in Nelson

In the heart of a wine and fruit-growing region, with locals who have a passion and talent for craft beers, whisky and more, it’s no surprise that Nelson has a couple of fantastic fine dining establishments.

In the city, book a table at Hopgood’s & Co. (284 Trafalgar Street) offering four and five-course degustation menus with wine pairing in this bistro-style eatery. Speaking of bistros, another worth trying is Harbour Light Bistro (341 Wakefield Quay) boasting spectacular views of the waterfront focussing on fresh local ingredients.

If you’re out and about, don’t miss Forsters at the Moutere Hills Vineyard (42 Eggers Road, Mapua) with indulgent platters, local lamb dishes, fish of the day and more to choose from along with stunning vineyard views.

For more recommendations, see The Foodie Guide to Nelson.

More About Nelson

That’s it for the luxury travel guide to Nelson. Find even more tips to make your luxury getaway exceptional in The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

Our editorial standards: At NZ Pocket Guide, we uphold strict editorial standards to ensure accurate and quality content.

About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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