Nelson Campervan Roadtrips

Abel Tasman National Park - Photo by Steffen Hillebrand, Wikimedia Creative CommonsAbel Tasman National Park - Photo by Steffen Hillebrand, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Further afield Nelson has a number of charming routes to explore which offer every incentive to dawdle along the way, sidetracked by artisan workshops and specialty boutiques to browse, and orchards of apples and hops. There is so much to discover on your Nelson Campervan road trip.

Head west, following a glorious swathe of bays and cafés to Abel Tasman National Park, a coastal paradise of golden beaches, large tranquil lagoons, deep-reaching estuaries and forested hills sloping to meet impossibly clear waters. Here the world-famous Coast Track connects a series of crescent-shaped bays, turquoise waters, little islands and sculpted granite headlands and a wide range of activities are on offer including sea-kayaking, diving, snorkelling, sailing and fishing.

Continue on over the Takaka Hill to Golden Bay to discover Waikoropupu Springs, the world’s clearest freshwater springs, rising through layers of marbled rock and dense jungles of water milfoil, forget-me-nots and rushes, and on to the road’s end at Farewell Spit where more than 90 species of native and migratory birds make their home amongst the shifting dunes.

Alternatively head south from Nelson to discover the tranquility of the Nelson Lakes National Park, or east to French Pass to see the rugged beauty of D’Urville Island, where beyond awaits further adventure, in form of the clean, green splendour of the Marlborough Sounds.

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