Tasman Region Outdoor activities

Our most recommended Tasman Region Outdoor activities

Abel Tasman National Park Scenic Cruise

1. Abel Tasman National Park Scenic Cruise

Head out from beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach on this 4-hour scenic cruise through Abel Tasman National Park. See the world-famous Split Apple Rock, New Zealand fur seals, Bark Bay, Tonga Quarry, and golden sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters along the way. Explore the coastline and discover secluded beaches and bays from the comfort of the boat. Learn about the history of the park and what makes it such a special place to visit. Hear commentary about the region and its inhabitants. The cruise is the best ways to experience Abel Tasman National Park, while encountering some of the local wildlife.

Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walking Tour Combo

2. Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walking Tour Combo

Experience the best of Abel Tasman National Park on this full-day boat cruise and walk combination. There are 3 different walk options available on this day of discovering. Enjoy a scenic cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a fur seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all on a single day out. There are 3 tour options: Option A: Astrolabe Beaches and Bays Walking distance: 7 km Walking time: 2.5 hours Details: After a scenic cruise, you’ll be dropped off at Apple Tree Bay at noon for a walk to Anchorage Beach, with time to visit 5 different beaches along the way. There is also the option of adding the 1-hour Pitt Head loop track to Te Pukatea Beach. Pick-up in Anchorage at 15:45 or 17:00** Arrival in Kaiteriteri at 16:30 or 17:30** Option B: Forest and Swing Bridge Walking distance: 10.5 km Walking time: 4 hours Details: Following a scenic cruise, you'll be dropped off at Medlands Beach at 11:30 for an interesting walk to Anchorage Beach that includes the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool. Pick-up in Anchorage at 15:45 or 17:00** Arrival in Kaiteriteri at 16:30 or 17:30** Option C: 5 Beaches Walking distance: 8.8 km Walking time: 3.5 hours Details: After a scenic cruise, you'll be dropped off at Awaroa at 11:00 and enjoy a walk that takes in 5 beaches between Awaroa and your pick-up point at Medlands Beach. This option also features the option of stopping at the Peppers Awaroa Lodge Café, where you can enjoy the excellent views and native forests as well as a waterfall and lagoon at Bark Bay. Note that a steep climb from Tonga Quarry requires a reasonable level of fitness. Pick-up at Medlands Beach at 15:30 or 16:45* Arrival in Kaiteriteri at 16:30 or 17:30** * Summer season only: 15 October-30 April ** Peak summer only: 1 December-31 March

Nelson: Cable Bay Adventure Park Skywire Ticket

3. Nelson: Cable Bay Adventure Park Skywire Ticket

Enjoy convenient round-trip transfers through the Cable Bay Adventure Park in Nelson to the launch base. Experience the high-octane rush of soaring over the forest at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per an hour with this Skywire ticket.  Set 300 meters above the base café, your adventure starts with a 4 kilometer mini-bus journey up through the park to the launch platform of the Skywire. Be engaged as your guide shares facts and stories about the park and surrounding areas.  Get buckled in for the ride with up to 4 people that are seated side-by-side in individual racing-car style seats with 5 point protective harnesses. Move forward and backwards on the Skywire, with 800 meters of gravity-assisted freewheeling in each direction.  Take in 700 meters of scenic terrain in each direction, finish back at your starting point after nearly 10 minutes of this exciting experience. 

Nelson: Guided Quad Biking Tour Through Forest and Farmland

4. Nelson: Guided Quad Biking Tour Through Forest and Farmland

Combine excitement and adventure on a guided quad bike tour through native forest settings, around areas of a New Zealand farm, and up to lookout points with breathtaking coastal views of the Cable Bay area. Delight in the beautiful scenery and have lots of fun on your self-driven vehicle, whatever the weather. Start your experience with an instructional session and safety briefing from your experienced guide. Then, practice and hone your driving skills before departing on your tour. Choose between a 1.5-hour Farm Forest Ride or a 2.5-hour Bayview Circuit Tour. On the Farm Forest Ride, drive around the farmland and to the top of the Skywire Hill, before heading back down around the flats and along the banks of the river on a tour designed for all abilities. Alternatively, explore 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) of beautiful forest trails on the Bayview Circuit Tour. Ride past the Skywire then out to the stunning Bayview lookout over Delaware Bay, before descending back through the farm. Light refreshments are included.

Abel Tasman National Park: Day Sailing Adventure with Lunch

5. Abel Tasman National Park: Day Sailing Adventure with Lunch

Start your day sailing from Kaiteriteri beach and enjoy a full day of sailing through New Zealand's stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Either chill out and relax, get involved in the sailing or learn as you go - you decide. Experience some great sailing, enjoy some stunning beaches and islands, with a full hour to enjoy your lunch and relax on Anchorage Beach. A great opportunity to go swimming or take a short walk and explore the caves. Throughout this full-day tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the Fur Seal Colony, Split Apple Rock, and a range of beautiful destinations before returning to Kaiteriteri Beach. This incredible tour will have you seeing all the Abel Tasman National Park highlights in one day.

From Motueka: Abel Tasman Tandem Skydive Experience

6. From Motueka: Abel Tasman Tandem Skydive Experience

Explore Abel Tasman National Park from an angle like no other with a thrilling tandem skydive. Pair with a professional tandem master who will look after you every step of the way, and enjoy New Zealand's longest-running skydive operation with over 20 years of safe experiences. Choose between jumping from 13,000 or 16,500 feet (around 4,000 or 5,000 meters) and feel your adrenaline pump in free fall. Make your way to the meeting point in Motueka, then take off on a 15 or 20-minute scenic flight, depending on the height you choose to jump from. Once you've reached your chosen altitude, plummet in free fall for 40 or 60 seconds before savoring a parachute ride over turquoise oceans, snowy mountains, and national parks. A high-definition photography and video team will be assigned just for you. Capture all your priceless moments as you take an interview and interact on the way up, hang outside the plane, and make your soft landing back on solid ground.

Abel Tasman National Park: Sailing and Self-Guided Walk

7. Abel Tasman National Park: Sailing and Self-Guided Walk

Delight in an amazing day out in Abel Tasman National Park that combines sailing along the stunning coastline before embarking on one of New Zealand's great walks. Start your day sailing from Kaiteriteri Beach, soaking up the scenery along the picturesque coastline. Take in the golden beaches, bays, islands, and birdsong, and pass by the iconic Split Apple Rock and the playful New Zealand fur seal colony. As you sail, learn about the history, marine life, flora, and fauna of Abel Tasman from your knowledgeable skipper. Arrive at Anchorage Bay around midday, and enjoy your own packed lunch on the beach or take a swim before starting your self-guided nature walk back to Marahau. During your hike, stroll along sandy beaches via picture-perfect lookouts and through native bush. Admire the beautiful scenery the National Park coastal track has to offer on a self-guided walk that generally takes between 3-4 hours.

Takaka: Farewell Spit/Abel Tasman Scenic Flight

8. Takaka: Farewell Spit/Abel Tasman Scenic Flight

Start your experience at Takaka Airport where you will check in for your flight. Be welcomed and briefed by an experienced and knowledgable pilot before boarding a light aircraft - either an 8-seat GA8 Airvan or a 4-seat Piper Archer. Experience the thrill of the take-off and you are in the air! Fly alongside the magnificent Kahurangi National Park to the dramatic stacked cliffs and islands of the West Coast. Circle over the famous Wharariki Sea Arches and Pillar Point then fly up Farewell Spit, New Zealand's longest Sandspit. Cross over to Separation Point, and view the stunning golden beaches of the northern Abel Tasman National park and the Awaroa estuary before returning back to Takaka. During your tour, you will be wearing a headset so you can talk to others and the pilot, and listen to the pilot's commentary about the places you fly over. This is one of the most diverse scenic flights in New Zealand.

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What people are saying about Tasman Region

We went on the cruise on a lovely sunny day. However, take some warm clothes - particularly a beanie and jacket as it can get pretty cool out on the water.

We had great weather and a calm sea. Jackson the pilot was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

Amazing scenery, guides we're friendly. Great family activity & very informative.

Great friendly guide who knew the area well- great experience

An utterly glorious cruise through Abel Tasman National Park.