"Sunshine & Landscape" Nelson/Tasman by wkcsmt

Nelson/Tasman Travel Guide: 281 reviews and 632 photos

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Nelson area is known by the Maori as Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui (the tip of the nose of the canoe of Maui). From his waka, the demi-god Maui used his magic fish hook to catch and land the North Island (Te Ika a Maui - the fish of Maui).

I'll gather various interesting places that I've been of the Nelson region here:
Farewell Spit

Motueka, located 54km northwest of Nelson, is important for its hops, pip-fruit, grapes for the flourishing wine industry, crafts, market gardens and the commercial centre for the area. It is near a number of beaches and within a short drive of Kaiteriteri, Marahu and the gateway to Abel Tasman & Kahurangi National Parks. The Motueka River is renown for its brown trout fishing.

Collingwood is Nelson region's northernmost settlement & is near a number of fine sandy beaches and forms the starting point for 4WD safaris to the northern-most point of the South Island - Farewell Spit. The town is built on the site of an old Maori pa, and is the gateway to the vast Kahurangi National Park - a haven for trampers which incorporates the famous Heaphy Track.

Farewell Spit is a 24km long sandspit & is South Island's most north-westerly point, with its landmark century old lighthouse. The spit was named by Captain James Cook, and was the last land he sighted after leaving New Zealand for Australia at the end of his first voyage in 1770. This spit's wetlands are a wildlife sanctuary and a haven for birdlife including godwits (nest here between September & March), oystercatchers, turnstones, Caspian terns, gannets and black shags. The spit has caused many shipwrecks and some are still visible, including that of the Messenger, which went down on 19 September 1879.

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  • Last visit to Nelson/Tasman: Dec 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Sep 14, 2007 at 3:29 AM

    The big kiwi shown in the picture is not at silkwoods! its in Mariri, Tasman and has nothing to do with silkwoods. It is located a few metres away from a crafts shop called Kiwi Carvings.

  • nipper1's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2006 at 8:52 PM

    good information

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2005 at 12:46 AM

    excellent page

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