Established in 1942, Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park spread across 22,530 hectares. With a pleasant climate, it is a good place to visit any time of the year. The park is surrounded with golden sandy beaches, the fascinating rocky outcrop and the rich, unmodified estuaries. Common forest birds, like tui and bellbirds, can be seen along with pukeko around the estuaries and wetlands.
Maori's have lived here for more than 500 words gathering food from the sea, forests, and growing vegetables on suitable sites. The park is rich in culture and has many activities around that will make up for a great adventure. The region is a family-friendly destination and hosts visitors all year round.
There is also Nelson Lakes National Park which is the northernmost part of the Southern Alps and to the south of Nelson city. St Arnaud is the gateway to the park where a range of short and long walks are available.