What to do and see in Nelson-Tasman Region, South Island: The Best Boat Tours & Water Sports

August 1, 2021 Brandee Mangan

Discover the best top things to do in Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand including Tasman SkyAdventures Day Tours, Golden Bay Kayaks, Ultimate Descents New Zealand, The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry), Buller Canyon Jet, Kaiteriteri Kayaks, Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours, Gourmet Sailing, R&R Kayaks, Kitescool.
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1. Tasman SkyAdventures Day Tours

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5.0 based on 16 reviews

Tasman SkyAdventures Day Tours

Hang Gliding & Microlights. The only place in New Zealand were you can experience the thrill of open air flight and in one of NZ's most beautiful areas - Abel Tasman National Park. Feel the rush of wind as you speed down the runway and rise effortlessly into the air in one of our factory built microlights. Drink in panoramic mountain and sea views. Experience the effortless beauty of silent flying in our tandem hang gliders.

2. Golden Bay Kayaks

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5.0 based on 208 reviews

Golden Bay Kayaks

Golden Bay Kayaks is one of the best little kayak companies in New Zealand, situated in one of the best kayaking destinations in the world, which is why it is such a popular destination for all kayakers from beginners to the more experienced. The closest kayak company to the Abel Tasman and the ONLY company that lets you paddle the entire length of the park. They specialise in half day, full day and multi-day rentals. Amazing instruction on the simple, no fuss guided tours. The personal touch makes this a high value and extremely memorable experience. Perfect for those that have not kayaked before or very little or for those keen to learn about the Northern end of the Abel Tasman's rich history, geology and wildlife. Stand Up Paddle boards also available for hire. The most amazing way to experience the easily accessible Tata Islands, which are a fantastic destination to explore nature so close.

3. Ultimate Descents New Zealand

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5.0 based on 186 reviews

Ultimate Descents New Zealand

Ultimate Descents New Zealand is a White Water Rafting Specialist Company based in Murchison at the head of the Upper Buller Gorge. Offering 1/2 day and full day tours on the Buller River. From extreme adventure to family fun, something for everyone.

4. The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry)

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5.0 based on 38 reviews

The Ferry (a.k.a Haulashore Ferry)

The Ferry provides an , " On Demand" Ferry Service. Call me and tell me when and where you want to go and what time you want to return. Ferry Service to the Historic Lighthouse, Visit inside, Service to Haulashore Island for a picnic, hike or swim. Walk the Unique Boulderbank, Harbour cruise and visit to Lighthouse.

5. Buller Canyon Jet

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5.0 based on 511 reviews

Buller Canyon Jet

Climb aboard one of our River Sharks and take a thrilling 40 minute ride on the mighty Buller River for best price only $125.00 ,race amongst the amazing pink granite rock canyons at up to 85 kph.Charge into the big volume white water Earthquake rapids then get ready when the driver signals for some high speed 360 degree spins .Discover the tranquill clear pools were you can spot for trout and listen to the birdsong , take some photo's then hang on again for some more action packed adventure.

6. Kaiteriteri Kayaks

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5.0 based on 427 reviews

Kaiteriteri Kayaks

Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park Kaiteriteri Kayaks has been operating sea kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman National Park for nearly 20 years. With every trip we ensure that: safety is a priority; everyone has a relaxed time in an enjoyable atmosphere, and the beautiful environment is respected. Our trips are about experienced guides and good times, not hard work. For lots of laughs join a trip with the locals! Over 50 kilometres of coastline offers dozens of golden sand beaches to visit, while the many coves and lagoons provide plenty of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Sea kayaking here also opens up a world of sea and bird life encounters with animals such as penguins, seals and dolphins. So all in all, you’ve got to say, it’s really not a bad spot!

7. Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours

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5.0 based on 161 reviews

Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours

We provide 6 hour scenic day trips on board our comfortable catamarans into the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park with opportunities for kayaking, swimming and bush walk adventures, including a visit to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. You'll get to know our skippers as we run small personal tours where you choose how energetic you want to be - a great day for all ages. Kayak in tranquil lagoons, enjoy a gourmet lunch, swim and snorkel from the boat, walk on a beach or through the enchanting Abel Tasman track - or just relax on board and enjoy the skippers wealth of knowledge about New Zealand's most enchanting park. We also provide small group overnight charters. Other exclusive trip options include a guided food and wine tour in a secluded cove, a swim/snorkel in shallow rock pools and a combined boat and helicopter flight into Lord of the Rings country. All trips include towels, gourmet lunch, refreshments, kayak and snorkel equipment, sunscreen, bug repellent and an excellent local skipper with a wealth of experience and knowledge as your tour guide.

8. Gourmet Sailing

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5.0 based on 64 reviews

Gourmet Sailing

We offer private yacht charters around the stunning Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island of New Zealand, with comfortable on-board accommodation for overnight trips. Experience unparalleled service and exceptional cuisine.

9. R&R Kayaks

Excellent
91%
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5.0 based on 301 reviews

R&R Kayaks

We are a genuine small family owned and operated sea kayaking company in the Abel Tasman National Park. We offer half day - multi day guided tours and kayak rentals. R&R Kayaks is located in Marahau, the gateway to the famous Abel Tasman.

10. Kitescool

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5.0 based on 97 reviews

Kitescool

We are a mobile Kitesurfing and SUP school based in Nelson the sunshine capital of NZ. We offer Lessons, Hire, Sales and good advice. Kitescool is the regions original Kitesurfing school, we know the local conditions and beaches better than anyone! Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kite Boarding are a lot of fun...Come and take advantage of Nelson amazing beaches and constant winds! Let our team of internationally qualified instructors get you up and riding.

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