Nelson Tasman is one of New Zealand’s most accessible regions. Whether you’re flying from the North, or driving from the South, there is plenty to be uncovered with campervan hire. Explore it’s stunning natural landscapes, lakes, forests, rivers, white-sandy beaches, and stay at some of Nelson’s family-friendly holiday parks and campsites.
Nelson’s small population of 52,900 is appealing to all, as the roads are quieter and easy to navigate in your campervan or motorhome. Nelson is also known for its friendly locals, so when you pick up your campervan from a local owner, you have the opportunity to trade travel tips and learn all about Nelson’s hidden gems and top spots.
You’ll never be short on things to do either. Nelson is home to jaw-dropping sights, national parks, delectable fresh produce, and plenty of activities. So, when in Nelson, do as the locals do: spend the day wharf jumping at Mapua, tour the Abel Tasman, kayak the coastline, e-bike the Great Taste Trail, visit the wildlife sanctuary, go berry picking or even catch your own lunch.
When planning your trip to Nelson you’ll want to know how to get there, what to do and where to stay, and this region isn’t short on anything. There are plenty of great holiday parks and campsites to choose from, and to suit all budgets. From family-friendly to romantic retreats, Nelson truly has it all, so start your campervan adventure today and explore this unmissable destination.
Campervan hire in Nelson
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Abel Tasman Marahau Beach Camp
Marahau Beach Camp is located just adjacent to the beach. There are plenty of sunny campsites, cabins available, all with great facilities. Make yourself at home in your campervan hire with their amazing kitchen, laundry and showers. There's even a great play area to keep the kids entertained.
It's also located directly opposite the Abel Tasman Centre, where you can find the departure point for kayaking, water taxi, as well as the Hooked Cafe and Beer Garden.
Motueka TOP 10 Holiday Park
The Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park is situated in a great location and is an easy stroll to the shops, restaurants and cafes. Set amongst the peaceful bush, there is plenty of spacious sites and grounds to park your campervan hire on. Not only are the grounds perfect, but there is also plenty of space and activities to keep your little adventurers entertained, including a swimming and spa pool, a jumping pillow and play areas.
Nelson Lakes National Park
Tucked away deep in the New Zealand mountains is Nelson lakes National park, home of Blue Lake. In 2011, scientific tests were completed by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. The results determined that the clearest natural body of fresh water in the world is Blue Lake. The lake has a clear visibility up to 262 feet, making the body almost as clear optically as distilled drinking water.
Best activities in Nelson
Known for its picturesque beauty with towering mountains and green valleys, it is no wonder why New Zealand is one of the top tourist sites in the world. Nelson is a bustling city that has been a gathering place for years, especially after a royal charter claimed it as a city in 1858. Rent a campervan and be sure to walk along the streets of the oldest city on the South Island, Nelson. To help you start your adventure, here are a list of 4 activities you can do that are not only unforgettable, but budget-friendly.
Unlocking Nelson treasures
Are you ready to explore paradise? Well, Nelson is home to some of New Zealand’s most incredible treasures. It is the second-oldest established city on the South Island of New Zealand, facing the Tasman Bay. Nelson offers a rich variety of arts and crafts, art galleries and opportunities for adventure. Spend your days caving, boating, and climbing. Campervan hire in Nelson will help you uncover the treasures. Read our tips on what there is to do in Nelson.