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By: Wilsons Abel Tasman  05-Apr-2012

Nelson, a quaint town towards the top of the South Island, is dubbed New Zealand’s sunshine capital. This was good news because Nelson is also the base for exploring Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest, at 23,000 hectares, but most visited park. After the adrenaline of the dolphin swim, I was ready to take on Abel Tasman.

The Nelson-Marlborough region at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island offers a visitor three of the most appealing aspects of the country – nature at its best in the Abel Tasman Park and Marlborough Sounds, wine and food in the country’s premier wine region of Marlborough, and a progressive artistic / cultural spirit for which Nelson is well known.

Golden summer days are simply beautiful on the Abel Tasman coastal walk in north-west Nelson, but the serenely placid, silver days of autumn are just perfect. I'm sitting in the porch of Meadowbank Homestead taking in an idyllic scene. The tide is pushing into the inlet, creeping over the golden silica sands in a timeless ritual. The sky is deep blue, the air cool and crisp, the sea a soft translucent turquoise. READ MORE..

"Like in a dream of flying, where you are never quite sure what keeps you from falling, our yellow kayaks seem suspended by an unseen hand, floating between earth and sky. Time and place have crystallised into one of those perfect moments as we glide over a sea so translucent it seems there is no water there at all." READ MORE..

Suddenly, right before my eyes, the water seethed and out popped a slim, black, shiny, bewhiskered head. A young seal emerged from its morning swim, gave an inquiring glance as if to ask, "Are you looking for me?" and climbed rather clumsily out of the water and on to a rock. READ MORE..

What makes the Vista Cruise "State-of-the-art"

New Zealand has a reputation for being the home of extreme adventures, but there's plenty to do there if you're not that courageous.I did a two-day trip with Wilson's which included a cruise up to Totaranui, guided walks along the coast, an overnight stay at the Meadowbank homestead - a replica of the Wilson's original family home - and kayaking. Wilson's have trips of longer or shorter duration, and the whole experience was one of my personal highlights. READ MORE..

Late morning on a cloudless autumn day and we are suspended on an aquamarine plain between land and sky. It’s a kayaker’s nirvana - exploring a pristine coastline of granite headlands and coves of golden sand,with a backdrop of hills cloaked in emerald green. One of the most appealing attractions of Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park adventures is they combine natural beauty and aerobic exercise with comfortable accommodation, delicious food and tasty wine. Better yet, you don’t even have to know how to kayak before you start. READ MORE..


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05-Apr-2012

Wilsons Abel Tasman - Walk, Cruise, Kayak, Stay in the Beautiful Abel Tasman National Park

Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has praised the generosity of a private family trust which has launched a multi-million dollar conservation project in Abel Tasman National Park. It aims to restore biodiversity - essentially the variety of plant and animal life - to around 80 per cent of the park over the next 30 years. Â Project Janszoon is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Project Janszoon Trust.


05-Apr-2012

We're Getting Our Road Back

It takes a whole Council to make these decisions so thank you to all the Councillors and their hard-working staff for realising the importance of the roads to local communities, tourists and visitors - including Cr Jack Inglis, the ward councillor for Riwaka-Motueka, who has also been involved.


05-Apr-2012

Trust to help restore Abel Tasman National Park

Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has praised the generosity of a private family trust which has launched a multi-million dollar conservation project in Abel Tasman National Park. Project Janszoon is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Project Janszoon Trust.