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'''Nelson Bays''' is a region at the top of the [[South Island]] of [[New Zealand]].  The region is famed for sunshine, art and craft and alternative lifestyles but the region has a rugged farming backbone.  The region is bounded by the Richmond Ranges, [[Kahurangi National Park]] and the [[Nelson Lakes National Park]].  The [[Abel Tasman National Park]] is on the northern coast between [[Motueka]] and [[Golden Bay]].
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'''Nelson Bays''' is a region at the top of the [[South Island]] of [[New Zealand]].  The region is famed for sunshine, art and craft and alternative lifestyles but the region has a rugged farming backbone.  The region is bounded by the Richmond Ranges, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park.  The [[Abel Tasman National Park]] is on the northern coast between [[Motueka]] and [[Golden Bay]].
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
  
* [[Golden Bay]] over the Takaka Hill and a world away.  Beautiful golden sand beaches, native bush and solice.
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* [[Golden Bay]] over the Takaka Hill and a world away.  Beautiful golden sand beaches and native bush.
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
 
* [[Nelson (New Zealand)|Nelson]] - with its cathedral is the region's only city
 
* [[Nelson (New Zealand)|Nelson]] - with its cathedral is the region's only city
 
* [[Marahau]] - Gateway to the [[Abel Tasman National Park]]
 
 
* [[Mapua]]
 
* [[Mapua]]
 
* [[Motueka]]
 
* [[Motueka]]
 
* [[Richmond (New Zealand)|Richmond]] - A satellite town in modern times merging with Nelson.  Administrative centre of the Tasman District.
 
* [[Richmond (New Zealand)|Richmond]] - A satellite town in modern times merging with Nelson.  Administrative centre of the Tasman District.
 
* [[Takaka]] - The largest town in [[Golden Bay]]
 
* [[Takaka]] - The largest town in [[Golden Bay]]
* [[Kaiteriteri]]
 
* [[Tapawera]]
 
 
* [[Wakefield (New Zealand)|Wakefield]]
 
* [[Wakefield (New Zealand)|Wakefield]]
  
 
==Other Destinations==
 
==Other Destinations==
 
* [[Abel Tasman National Park]]
 
* [[Abel Tasman National Park]]
* [[Kahurangi National Park]]
 
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Buses[http://www.intercity.co.nz/] and Shuttles[http://www.atomictravel.co.nz][http://www.kahurangi.co.nz] in and out of the region in the main follow State Highway 6. Southern Link K Bus travel [[Christchurch]] - [[Murchison]] - [[St Arnaud]] - [[Wakefield]] - [[Richmond (New Zealand)|Richmond]] - [[Nelson (New Zealand)|Nelson]].  Nelson Lakes Shuttles[http://www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz/] specialise in providing transport for trampers, hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and skiers.  They run on demand and scheduled services to [[St Arnaud]] and between [[Picton (New Zealand)|Picton]], [[Blenheim (New Zealand)|Blenheim]], [[Murchison]] as well as other tramping destinations further afield.
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Buses[http://www.intercity.co.nz/] and Shuttles[http://www.atomictravel.co.nz] in and out of the region in the main follow State Highway 6. Nelson Lakes Shuttles[http://www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz/] specialise in providing transport for trampers, hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and skiers.  They run on demand and scheduled services to [[St Arnaud]] and between [[Picton (New Zealand)|Picton]], [[Blenheim (New Zealand)|Blenheim]], [[Murchison]] and tramping destinations further afield.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
* '''Nelson Airport'''[http://www.nelsonairport.co.nz/] is one of the busier in the country with Air New Zealand[http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/] and Air2There[http://www.air2there.com/] providing scheduled services.  Flight Corporation[http://www.flightcorp.co.nz/] offer scenic flights including flights to [[Abel Tasman National Park]], to airstrips in [[Golden Bay]] and to [[Karamea]], the end of the [[Heaphy Track]].
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* '''Nelson Airport'''[http://www.nelsonairport.co.nz/] is one of the busier in the country with Air New Zealand[http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/] and Air2There[http://www.air2there.com/] providing scheduled services.
* Abel Tasman Air[http://www.flytasmanbay.co.nz/] flies from '''Motueka Airport''' and offers charter flights around the region.
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* '''Takaka airstrip''' has scheduled flights from [[Wellington]] on Capital Air[http://www.capitalair.co.nz/].
* The '''Takaka airstrip''' has scheduled flights from [[Wellington]] on Capital Air[http://www.capitalair.co.nz/] as well as charter airlines[http://www.remoteadventures.co.nz/02-flights.html].
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
For those without transport, there is reasonable bus transport around the region.
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There is reasonable bus transport.
  
 
===Scheduled Services===
 
===Scheduled Services===
* Between [[Nelson (New Zealand)|Nelson]], [[Stoke]] and [[Richmond (New Zealand)|Richmond]] suburban buses are available[http://nelsoncoaches.co.nz/timetable.htm] as well as a double decker bus on Wednesdays, Fridays and School and Public holidays[http://www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz/services/bus/summertime-bus-04.htm].
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* Between [[Nelson (New Zealand)|Nelson]], [[Stoke]] and [[Richmond (New Zealand)|Richmond]] suburban buses are available[http://nelsoncoaches.co.nz/timetable.htm].
* From Nelson to [[St Arnaud]] the options are Southern Link K bus[http://www.kahurangi.co.nz] or Nelson Lakes Shuttles[http://www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz/].
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* From Nelson to [[St Arnaud]], Nelson Lakes Shuttles[http://www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz/].
* From Nelson to [[Motueka]], [[Kaiteriteri]] and [[Marahau]] (the eastern end of the [[Abel Tasman National Park]]) options are Abel Tasman Travel[http://www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz/] or K Bus[http://southernlinkkbus.co.nz/] to [[Motueka]] with [[Marahau]] on demand.
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* From Nelson to [[Motueka]], [[Kaiteriteri]] and [[Marahau]] (the eastern end of the [[Abel Tasman National Park]]), Abel Tasman Travel[http://www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz/].
* From Nelson to [[Motueka]], [[Takaka]], [[Collingwood (New Zealand)|Collingwood]] and the eastern end of the [[Heaphy Track]] in [[Kahurangi National Park]] options are Abel Tasman Travel[http://www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz/], K Bus[http://southernlinkkbus.co.nz/] to [[Takaka]] with destinations further north on demand or Golden Bay Coachlines[http://www.goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz/] to [[Takaka]].
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* From Nelson to [[Takaka]], Golden Bay Coachlines[http://www.goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz/].
  
 
===On Demand Services===
 
===On Demand Services===
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* <listing name="Nelson Lakes Shuttles" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="03 521 1900 or 021 490 095" email="info@nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz" fax="" url="http://www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz/" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Nelson Lakes Shuttles" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="03 521 1900 or 021 490 095" email="info@nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz" fax="" url="http://www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz/" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Tasman Helicopters" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="03 528 8075" email="enquiries@tasmanhelicopters.co.nz" fax="03 528 8078" url="http://www.tasmanhelicopters.co.nz/" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Tasman Helicopters" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="03 528 8075" email="enquiries@tasmanhelicopters.co.nz" fax="03 528 8078" url="http://www.tasmanhelicopters.co.nz/" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Flight Corporation Ltd" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="0800 359 464 or 03 547 8175" email="" fax="" url="http://www.flightcorp.co.nz" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Abel Tasman Air" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="03 528 8290 or 0800 304560" email="" fax="" url="http://www.abeltasmanair.co.nz/" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
 
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
For those heading south to [[Christchurch]], there are two options which take roughly the same length of time.  State Highway 6 branches just after [[Murchison]] lending to [[Springs Junction]].  Turning east leads soon to the hot springs complex of Maruia Springs before steadily climbing up the [[Lewis Pass]] on the Main Divide of the [[Southern Alps]].  Beyond too long the turn-off to the spa town of [[Hamner Springs]] is reached, 1 1/2 hours from [[Christchurch]].  The alternative it to travel to [[Blenheim]] and then south on State Highway 1 through the whale watching town of [[Kaikoura]].  Both routes take approximately 6 hours.
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For those heading south to [[Christchurch]], there are two options which take roughly the same length of time.  State Highway 6 branches just after [[Murchison]] lending to [[Springs Junction]].  Turning east leads soon to the hot springs complex of Maruia Springs before steadily climbing up the Lewis Pass on the Main Divide of the [[Southern Alps]].  Beyond too long the turn-off to the spa town of [[Hamner Springs]] is reached, 1 1/2 hours from [[Christchurch]].  The alternative it to travel to [[Blenheim]] and then south on State Highway 1 through the whale watching town of [[Kaikoura]].  Both routes take approximately 6 hours.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:15, 19 May 2016

Nelson Bays

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Nelson Bays is a region at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. The region is famed for sunshine, art and craft and alternative lifestyles but the region has a rugged farming backbone. The region is bounded by the Richmond Ranges, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park. The Abel Tasman National Park is on the northern coast between Motueka and Golden Bay.

Regions[edit]

  • Golden Bay over the Takaka Hill and a world away. Beautiful golden sand beaches and native bush.

Cities[edit]

Other Destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From the east, State Highway 6 is the main route leading from Blenheim (and Picton) through Renwick, Havelock and the Rai Valley before reaching Nelson. State Highway 6 continues south through Richmond, Wakefield, Murchison and on to Westport and the West Coast. State Highway 63 starts at Renwick and leads to St Arnaud before rejoining State Highway 6 at Kawatiri Junction.

By bus[edit]

Buses[1] and Shuttles[2] in and out of the region in the main follow State Highway 6. Nelson Lakes Shuttles[3] specialise in providing transport for trampers, hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and skiers. They run on demand and scheduled services to St Arnaud and between Picton, Blenheim, Murchison and tramping destinations further afield.

By plane[edit]

  • Nelson Airport[4] is one of the busier in the country with Air New Zealand[5] and Air2There[6] providing scheduled services.
  • Takaka airstrip has scheduled flights from Wellington on Capital Air[7].

Get around[edit]

There is reasonable bus transport.

Scheduled Services[edit]

On Demand Services[edit]

See[edit]

Itineraries[edit]

Do[edit]

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Sunburn and sun stroke might be the greatest dangers in the region.

Get out[edit]

For those heading south to Christchurch, there are two options which take roughly the same length of time. State Highway 6 branches just after Murchison lending to Springs Junction. Turning east leads soon to the hot springs complex of Maruia Springs before steadily climbing up the Lewis Pass on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. Beyond too long the turn-off to the spa town of Hamner Springs is reached, 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch. The alternative it to travel to Blenheim and then south on State Highway 1 through the whale watching town of Kaikoura. Both routes take approximately 6 hours.

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