Our Neck of the Woods

It's beautiful outside. Let's see what our great outdoors has to offer.

Our beautiful backyard has so much to offer. Go for a walk, or a tramp, or read about our local heroes and histories.

There's something for everyone.

Out and About                                                  

  Bunk TINY
A Bunk For The Night

by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint


Discover famous huts on our Great Walk tracks, and tiny huts on obscure tracks.


There's something for everyone in this beautiful book.



 Nelson TINY
Nelson and Marlborough

by Ian Trafford and Marios Gavalas


Find out about more than 130 of the regions best short walks and excursions.


Includes handy maps, walk times, and other useful information.

 ajax TINY
AJAX The Kea Dog

by Corey Mosen


Together, Corey and Ajax traverse the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests.


Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes.


Find out more about them in this wonderful book.

 Kahurangi Stories TINY
Kahurangi Stories

By Gerard Hindmarsh


This volume of stories from the northwest Nelson backcountry is a compelling blend of natural and social history.


This book includes the stories of fascinating characters who have travelled and lived here, including early explorers, goldminers, flying cray fishers, forest rangers, seamen, trampers and other adventurers.


An area of astonishing ecological complexity, Kahurangi National Park has also generated a wonderfully rich and colourful human history.


 Down the Bay TINY
Down The Bay

By Philip Simpson


This book is a natural and cultural history of Abel Tasman National Park, one of New Zealand's most loved and popular national parks.


It is essential reading for anyone who has either tramped the Abel Tasman National Park, or hopes to; as well as anyone living in the vicinity.



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The New Zealand Cycle Trails Ngā Haerenga

By Jonathan Kennett


This guide to New Zealand's 23 great rides includes a segment on Nelson Tasman's very own Great Taste Trail.


This book is stuffed full of useful information on the different trails - such as how to get there, what you will see, level of difficulty, things to take, places to eat and places to stay.


Recommended Websites                                                  

Up to date information on more local activities.

It's on Nelson

Find out what family events, fairs, festivals and extravaganzas are happening in the region.

Heart Of Biking website
Heart of Biking

Learn more about Tasman's Great Taste Trail and other mountain bike track and road rides in the region.


Department of Conservation
A-Z of Nelson/Tasman Tracks and Walks             

Get your heart pumping with these walks and tramps. Whether you want an easy stroll or a hard slog, there's something for everyone on the Department of Conservation website.


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Beaches and Rivers in Tasman 

Swim, kayak, picnic, or just lie in the sun, at these top beaches and river reserves.


Golden Bay
Explore Golden Bay         

When was the last time you went over the hill? Spend a day, or a week, exploring the settlements and places that make Golden Bay so special.






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