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Nelson, New Zealand

Nature and Activities in Nelson, New Zealand

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The Sea Kayak Company

Abel Tasman

Adventure activities

World-roaming Kiwis Pete and Maureen have spent their lives living and working in stunning locations. And now, with picture-perfect Abel Tasman on their doorstep, they feel it’s their duty to share it with you. Your guide will put together the best paddling adventure with their knowledge of all the secret cove-like nooks and rocky crannies that protrude in splendour from the iridescent waters.

The Sea Kayak Company
  • Prices: A range of trips are available at varying prices. Opt from single or multi-day guided tours (fully catered) or select and independent kayaking options where you pay by the day. Kayak hire and kayak/hiking options also available.
  • Contact: 506 Highstreet, Motueka, Nelson
  • Tel: 03-528-7251
  • Fax: 03-528-7221
  • Email: info@seakayaknz.co.nz
  • Web: www.seakayaknz.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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New Zealand Kayak School

Murchison

Adventure activities

Mick Hopkinson, the kayaking guru of New Zealand (a big claim? Watch his BBC-documented first descent from Everest on the Dudh Khosi in Nepal and his ‘big swim’ if you don’t believe me), runs brilliant multi-day courses for those wishing to learn the art of paddling. Aided by a skilled and enthusiastic team of instructors you’ll be rolling and taking on Murchison’s white water in a matter of days. Courses are tailored to varying skill levels and price includes top-quality bunkroom accommodation.

New Zealand Kayak School
  • Prices: 4-day courses of varying levels $795 (cost includes instruction, accommodation, video analysis, swimming pool sessions and transport around Murchison). Equipment hire $60 - $100. A 2-day refresher course is $395.
  • Contact: 22 Grey Street, Murchison, Murchiso
  • Tel: 03-352-5786; 03-523-9611 (Sept - April)
  • Fax: 03-352-5786
  • Email: mick@nzkayakschool.com
  • Web: www.nzkayakschool.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Ultimate Descents New Zealand

Murchison

Adventure activities

Based in one of the wettest and most beautiful areas of the world, Ultimate Descents New Zealand can select any level of white-water to suit a variety of rafting and kayaking trips. Your highly-trained, multi-talented guides will share their passion for this unique river-woven location and ensure that you're not only safe but clued up on the watery environment.

Ultimate Descents New Zealand
  • Prices: Buller Gorge rafting: $105 pp. Family rafting: adults $95, kids under 14 $75. Kayaking: $115. Karmea heli-rafting: 1 day $350, 3 days $1,050.
  • Contact: 51 Fairfax Street, Murchison
  • Tel: 03-523-9899
  • Fax: 03-523-9811
  • Email: ultimate@rivers.co.nz
  • Web: www.rivers.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Touch the Sea Aquarium

Mapua

Aquariums

‘Touch the Sea’ brings you eye to goggly eye with some of New Zealand’s sea and shoreline critters. Watch octopus, eels, sharks, rays and sea-horses do their thing in watery confinement and learn just how bizarre some creatures can be. Brilliant for kids.

  • Prices: Child $4.50, adult $7.50, family entry $16.
  • Contact: 8 Aranui Rd, Mapua Wharf
  • Tel: 03-540-3557
  • Fax: 03-540-3557
  • Email: info@seatouchaquarium.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Mapua Adventures

Mapua

Boat trips

Royal spoonbills, Hamilton spins, Rabbit Island, an abandoned submarine and ornithologist Dr George Bennett-Wilkinson...? Intrigued? Mapua Adventures offers every flavour of boat tour, all to an exceptional standard. Those big on birds will love the specialised expert-commentated tour throughout the Waimea Estuary where pied shag, variable oystercatcher and spoonbill colonies reside. If you’re after some white-knuckle, jet boating opt for the ‘Wild Water Rush’ or try the kid-friendly all-rounder ‘Estuary Explorer’. They can even drop you and your picnic off in style at Rabbit Island.

Mapua Adventures
  • Prices: Discovery Tour; adults $89, children $39. Estuary Tour; adults $59, children $39. Spoonbill colony tour $35 pp. Wild Water Rush jetboat ride $59 pp. Bird-watching tour $99 - $150 pp. Open 15th October to 31st March.
  • Contact: 8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Mapua/Nelson
  • Tel: 03-540-3833
  • Fax: 03-540-3833
  • Email: info@mapuaadventures.co.nz
  • Web: www.mapuaadventures.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Bencarri Nature Park

Golden Bay

Nature & wildlife

Perfect for family expeditions, Bencarri Nature Park offers a gold blend of animals, history, nature and eats. They do a ripping gourmet burger and home-made soups and cater brilliantly for kids with child-friendly healthy snacks.

  • Contact: McCallum Road, Kotinga, Takaka
  • Tel: 03-525-8261
  • Fax: 03-525-9741
  • Email: leithal@xtra.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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