Make the most of the warm weather and get out and about this summer.

Ride your bike, have a picnic or go for a leisurely drive. You don't have to travel far to enjoy yourself this summer with loads of fun and inexpensive things to do throughout the region.

Take a look at these books, magazines and websites for inspiration.

Books to Get You Out and About 

Nelson / Tasman Mountain Bike Tracks 
Nelson/Tasman Mountain Bike Tracks

by Steve Newport

Use this local mountain bike track guide to plan your next ride.


Contains large colourful aerial maps and a good range of suggested rides from easy to extreme. Also includes GPS co-ordinates, lists when the tracks are accessible and even which tracks are dog friendly.

Nelson  and Marlborough
Nelson and Marlborough : Day Walks of New Zealand

by Ian Trafford

From easily accessible walks around the city to remote railway tunnels and waterfalls, this guide covers the area's best known tracks as well as some hidden gems.


All walks are graded and timed to help you find a day walk that suits you.  

Nelson Arts Guide
Nelson Arts Guide 

With listings for 100 artists, wineries, restaurants and public art, this directory will give you something to do, whatever the weather.

Molesworth Station
Molesworth: Stories from New Zealand's Largest High-Country Station   

By Harry Broad

Molesworth Station is open to the public over the summer. But you don’t have to go to Molesworth to appreciate the remarkable story of this South Island icon.


Experience this unique environment through this wonderfully illustrated book.

Wild Tomato

Sit back and catch up on what's happening locally with Nelson's own inspirational lifestyle magazine. Read about people, places and events in the Top of the South.



Recommended Websites 

Up to date information on more local activities.

It's on Nelson

Find out what family events, fairs, festivals and extravaganzas are happening in the region.

Heart Of Biking website
Heart of Biking

Learn more about Tasman's Great Taste Trail and other mountain bike track and road rides in the region.


Department of Conservation
A-Z of Nelson/Tasman Tracks and Walks             

Get your heart pumping with these walks and tramps. Whether you want an easy stroll or a hard slog, there's something for everyone on the Department of Conservation website.


Tasman District Council Beaches
Beaches and Rivers in Tasman 

Swim, kayak, picnic, or just lie in the sun, at these top beaches and river reserves.


Golden Bay
Explore Golden Bay         

When was the last time you went over the hill? Spend a day, or a week, exploring the settlements and places that make Golden Bay so special.