If you’ve visited the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton, and Tongariro National Park in North Island, perhaps it’s time to head on south. Home to three National Parks, the Nelson Region is considered one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Most attractions are within 1- 2-hour drive so you can maximise your stay and have an awesome date with your partner through these ideas.
Activities and Adventure
The Nelson Region offers a wide variety of activities for thrill-seekers of any age. Here you can explore mountain-biking tracks and take walking tours of the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park.
Hike, swim and take in the stunning scenery in Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, too. Enjoy fishing with your beloved in one of the local 5-star fly fishing lodges and then go kayaking in golden sand beaches.
Arts and Culture
Did you know that the World of WearableArt (WOW) event born in the acclaimed Hoglund Art Glass studio happens in Nelson? With over 300 artists, sculptors, potters, actors, and writers living in Nelson, it is considered the country’s creative arts centre.
Take your loved one to the NZ Classic Motorcycles Museum, Selao Home and Garden Art or to a Bone Carving workshop for a once-in-a-lifetime date day. Listen to live music and participate in the Nelson Arts Festival or Arts Expo in October for a fuller experience.
Food, Wine and Beer
Passionate winemakers and brewers rule Nelson. Take your lady to one of Nelson Tasman’s 28 boutique wineries or to a secret country café and perhaps she’ll say yes to your marriage proposal. Eat at one of the best restaurants Nelson has to offer and taste succulent dishes, fresh regional produce, and excellent coffee.
Shopping and Markets
You can also find hundreds of retail stores in Nelson during Saturday mornings. Visit Montgomery Square Park and get a taste of organic and gluten free food. You can get the freshest local produce here, too.
With these exciting date ideas, you can maximise your vacation and deeply relax with your partner. Mingle with the locals to know more about what Nelson has to offer travellers like you.