You can see and do it all with Nelson car rentals from New Zealand Rent A Car.
As one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand, with easy access to beautiful beaches and world-renowned national parks, Nelson is one of the most visitor-friendly destinations in the country. Travel to your own schedule with one of our Nelson car rentals and explore the whole region at your own pace.
Learn more about the best things to do in Nelson, as well as Nelson arts and crafts activities. We also have a handy guide to the history of Nelson and some of the best trivia about the region. Also, see our sample Nelson Itinerary.
Take a closer look at some of the Nelson-Tasman region’s best attractions all accessible by rental car:
Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in New Zealand, and within its borders, visitors will find some of the most puzzling plants, oldest rocks and rarest wildlife in the country.
The Nelson Market is situated at Montgomery Square in the heart of Nelson. The market operates every Saturday between 8am – 1pm. It is the perfect place for locals and tourists to experience the creativity and essence of the Nelson region and its local people.
Natureland is Nelson’s zoo and wildlife conservation centre where you can get up close and personal to some unique New Zealand natives like Tuatara and Kea. Hang with the monkeys and get hands on with a range of interesting domestic animals.
The Neudorf Vineyard is one of many of the fantastic vineyards in the Nelson region. Soak in the sun as you explore the grape fields, as well as sampling and purchasing top quality wines.
The Te Waikoropupu Springs are renowned worldwide for their crystal clear waters and immense volume of water that is discharged – enough to fill 40 bathtubs every second.
The Abel Tasman National Park is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Nelson region. Famed for its native forests and pristine, clear waters, there is a wealth of activities on offer.
The Nelson Lakes region offers some of the most stunning and beautiful scenery in New Zealand. See native forests, clear waters, and impressive mountain peaks in one location.
Located at the top of the South Island, the Farewell Spit is the longest sand spit in New Zealand (measuring over 25km long). Attractions include bird life, golden sands, and stunning views.
If you’re after some authentic adventure and action, then the Cable Bay Adventure Park is one of the best tourism operators in Nelson. Enjoy 4×4 tours, quad biking horse trekking and more.
The Nelson region is renowned for being one of the best places in New Zealand to go walking, hiking or tramping. Find out about the best walks in the area, where they are and how to get there.
Enjoy a vineyard tour around some of Nelson’s best wineries and discover why so many people rave about wines produced in the Nelson region.
Nelson offers great outdoor activities and is the gateway to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, where visitors can enjoy unsurpassed walks along the coastal track. Alternatively hire a sea kayak and paddle along the coast, stopping wherever you fancy. The waters are teaming with aquatic life, visit the Tonga Island seal colony where you can join the seals in their natural habitat.
Nelson is also rich in wineries and the world-renowned Marlborough wine region is easily accessible, where you can sample some of the best wine New Zealand has to offer. Nelson also offers plenty for the art and craft lover and is home to the World of WearableArt™ year round display.
The Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks are also on Nelson’s doorstep. So what are you waiting for?
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