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Nelson City


Taste the Trail, Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand

Located at top of the South Island – Nelson is known for its arts and crafts, orchards, golden beaches, cycle trails and wineries. The region boasts a range of activities from hiking, kayaking, fly fishing and cycling.

Overlooked by the Christ Church Cathedral, this vibrant city is filled with boutique shops and art galleries, while along Nelson’s picturesque waterfront Wakefield Quay, you will find a number of restaurants offering gorgeous views across the harbour to the mountains. Just along from the city centre, Tahunanui Beach is a popular swimming beach with some of the best kitesurfing in New Zealand.    If you are in Nelson over the weekend, then be sure to check out Nelson’s Saturday market which is filled with fresh produce arts and crafts and local characters.   And we recommend a visit to the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum, which holds a world class collection of classic cars alongside mind-blowing works of art that are wearable.

Nelson is also surrounded by a number of National Parks including Nelson Lakes, home to over 16 lakes and gateway to some of the world’s best fly fishing. Kahurangi National Park, the countries second largest national park is known for its hiking and more recently for its Lord of the Rings filming sites. And lastly, Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s only coastal national park, with its golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise water makes it very popular for cruises, walks and kayaking trips.

Surrounding towns include the quaint coastal village of Mapua, a delightful place to while away a day, with a collection of waterfront restaurants, galleries, boutique shops and a brewery. You can also hire bikes to ride on the Great Taste Trail – take in the seaviews and visit wineries and art galleries along the way.   Motueka, located in the centre of a rich hinterland where orchards, vineyards and hop gardens flourish, you can pick your own berries in season and enjoy local apples pears and kiwifruit, and the Motueka River is famed for its Brown Trout.  Moutere Hills – the picturesque inland highway links Nelson city to its rural surrounds. Art galleries, wineries, roadside fruit stalls and gourmet food producers are scattered throughout the pristine landscape and the historic village of Upper Moutere is home to leading ceramic artists, sculptors and wood workers who have chosen to live here.

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Contact Details

Phone Us
+64 3 3555 990
+64 21 461 971

Our Physical Address
21 Verona Place, Ohoka
Christchurch 7692
New Zealand

Our Postal Address
PO Box 36437, Merivale
Christchurch 8146
New Zealand


Tour Inclusions

Terms & Conditions

Booking Terms & Conditions:


All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars and includes 15% GST (Goods & Services Tax).


Pricing is subject to availability and confirmation of the stated itinerary at time of booking.  If we are unable to confirm the stated hotels and services, we will endeavour to confirm substitutes at similar rates, however additional costs may apply.

Rental Car Terms & Conditions:

Inclusions: unlimited kilometres, airport/ferry collection fee, full insurance (subject to reduced excess), front windscreen cover, personal accident insurance, guaranteed replacement vehicle in case of accident.

Exclusions: insurance excess reduction of $345.00 including GST (note, standard insurance excess is $3,450.00 including GST), bond, petrol costs, one way fee ($57.50), optional extras, (all additional expenses to be paid direct)

Payment Policy

We do require a non-refundable deposit of NZD$250.00 per person before we go ahead with securing any reservations.

In addition, some of our suppliers may require further deposits to cover their strict cancellation policies, in this case we would advise you at the time of quoting and confirming your itinerary.

The balance of your booking would be required 45 days prior to your travel date.   If you book inside 45 days, full payment would be required at time of booking.

Payment can be made by electronic wire transfer and should include the additional NZD $25.00 bank fee.   We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.

Bank Account Details

Bank Name & Address: Westpac Bank, Mid City Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Account Name: Inspired New Zealand Travel

BSB Number: 03-0296

Account Number: 0011146-000

Swift/Routing Code: WPACNZ2W 


We are happy to amend your itinerary and dates, however please keep in mind that some of the original services may not be available for your new dates, which may incur additional costs for substituted services.   Amendment fees may apply with multiple changes.

Cancellation Fees

Once Confirmed               Non-refundable Deposit of NZD $250.00 per person

Inside 45 – 21 Days          A Cancellation fee of 30% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 20 – 8 days             A Cancellation fee of 50% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 7 Days                      Full Cancellations, 100% charge

We will however do our very best to recover and minimise these cancellation fees but recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to cover yourself.


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