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Local Nelson Activities

Tapawera Information Centre (10 mins)

Tapawera is a small rural town with a population of 600, located in the beautiful Motueka Valley. The surrounding Motueka and Whangapeka Rivers provide some of the best trout fishing in the South Island. The adjacent vast Kahurangi National Park, was formerly known as North-West Nelson Forest Park, and for many years Tapawera was largely […]

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Shedwood Bush Track (10 mins)

Shedwood Bush Track: Signposted from the village centre, beautiful native bush reserve abundant with birds. Tapaweras’ own Shedwood track require only a minimum level of fitness for such a vast scenic reward.

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Huia Caves (30 mins)

The cave is a stream cave with a large walk in entrance. A climb on the right wall or alternatively getting wet was the first difficulty, a log jam was the second.  The cave can flood so two water level marker posts are in place. Glow worms were seen in many places.  The cave ends […]

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Tapawera Museum (10 mins)

Website: http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/news/pages-on-a-wall/ In 2010 all that remained of Nelson’s railway were some stations and a tunnel at Kawatiri. The tracks were ripped up by December 1956. The tiny Kiwi railway station was later moved to Tapawera. It was restored, along with a short stretch of track, and turned into a museum which opened in 2005 […]

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Lake Rotoiti (45 min)

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Rotoiti_(Tasman) Webcam: http://www.tasman.govt.nz/tasman/webcams-in-tasman/st-arnaud-webcam/ Lake Rotoiti is a lake in the Tasman Region of New Zealand.[1] It is a substantial mountain lake within the borders of Nelson Lakes National Park. The lake is fed by theTravers River, water from the lake flows into the Buller River. The lake is surrounded byBeech forest and is 82 metres deep. […]

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Kawatiri Rail Tunnel (40 mins)

Phone: 03 546 9339  Website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/conservation-campsites-by-region/nelson-tasman/nelson-lakes-area/kawatiri/ Near the junction of SH 6 and SH 63 at Kawatiri, 97km south of Nelson. Car park at station beside road. A delightful loop walk through beech forest incorporates a river crossing and a tunnel. At the nearby Kawatiri Junction a display gives the history of the Nelson Railway which […]

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Spooners Range Rail Tunnel (10 mins)

Phone:    Website: Spooners Tunnel is New Zealand’s longest disused rail tunnel, 1352m long and at an altitude of 303m. The rail tunnel was once used for commercial mushroom growing. It also was a base for seismic equipment to gather earthquake data.

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Wangapeka Track (20 mins)

Phone: 03 546 9339  Website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/publications/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-tasman/wangapeka-track/ The Wangapeka Track traverses Kahurangi National Park from the Waimea Basin in the east to the West Coast near Karamea in the west. It crosses two saddles of over 1000 metres and travels through beautiful beech-forested valleys of the Wangapeka, Karamea, Taipo and Little Wanganui rivers. Reasonable fitness is required […]

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Golden Downs Old Forestry Village (15 mins)

Phone: 03 522 4175 Website: www.goldendowns.co.nz Golden Downs Lodge was established in 1998 by the Cameron family. The land is the site of the old forestry village of Golden Downs, formerly the headquarters of the New Zealand Forest Service in the Golden Downs Forest. The Lodge, now one of the only buildings remaining from that time, […]

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Nelson Honey (walk across road)

Phone: 03 5224413  Website: www.nelsonhoney.com Visit Nelson Honey for live beehive viewing and processing factory. From origins as a small one-man apiary on the outskirts of Nelson in 1900, Nelson Honey today is still a family owned business but has grown to become a significant employer at Motupiko, 50km inland from Nelson.

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