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Nelson & Marlborough

Craving artistic flair, golden beaches, and a taste of adventure? Look no further than the Nelson and Marlborough region. Sitting at the top of New Zealand's South Island, this area is packed full of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and cultural richness. It’s easy to see why it makes the perfect destination for a New Zealand campervan holiday. Nelson, often hailed as New Zealand’s ‘sunshine capital’, radiates a warm, inviting atmosphere complemented by its vibrant arts community, historic architecture, and bustling markets. Nearby, the tranquil Marlborough Sounds offers a playground for kayaking, fishing, and scenic cruises. Wine enthusiasts will relish visiting Marlborough's famed vineyards, where tasting world-class wines becomes a memorable part of the journey.

A road trip through Nelson and Marlborough in an Apollo campervan means every day is a new adventure, crafted just to your liking. With the flexibility to explore hidden gems, from the secluded coves of Golden Bay in Nelson to the enchanting Marlborough Sounds, your journey can be as laid-back or as action-packed as you desire. The convenience of travelling by campervan, complete with a kitchen, bed, and bathroom, means that the beauty of Nelson NZ and the Marlborough Sounds are yours to enjoy in your own time. Whether you're soaking up the sun on Nelson's beaches or sipping on exquisite sauvignon blanc in Marlborough, travelling by campervan offers a truly unforgettable experience. 

 

Why explore Nelson & Marlborough by campervan

Travelling in a campervan, especially through beautiful areas like Nelson and Marlborough, turns a simple holiday into a series of unforgettable experiences. It's your adventure, at your pace, surrounded by the comfort and convenience that only campervan travel can offer. With a campervan, you're not tied down. You can linger over a long lunch in a Nelson café or decide to spend an extra day tasting wines in Marlborough because you've fallen in love with the scenery.

The journey itself becomes part of the fun when you're in a campervan. It's about making spontaneous stops at breathtaking lookouts, enjoying your morning coffee in the middle of postcard-perfect views, and finding your own special spot to watch the stars. Stumbled upon a hidden gem in Golden Bay or found a hiking track in Marlborough you’d like to tackle? With a campervan, you have the freedom to explore it as much as you like.

 

Things to do in Nelson & Marlborough

Nelson and Marlborough are rich with activities and attractions, offering something special for every kind of traveller. For families on holiday, there are endless opportunities for fun, from exploring the sun-drenched beaches of Nelson to the interactive and educational experiences in the region's museums and galleries. Food enthusiasts will revel in the culinary journey through Nelson and Marlborough, from the fresh seafood of the coastal areas to the exquisite flavours of the region's renowned wineries. Whether you're indulging in a leisurely lunch at a vineyard in Marlborough or sampling local artisan produce at a Nelson market, your taste buds are in for a treat. Adventure seekers and nature lovers won't be left wanting either. With activities like kayaking through the Marlborough Sounds or hiking the trails of the Abel Tasman National Park, the great outdoors is your playground. And for those looking to unwind, the charming towns scattered throughout the region offer a peaceful retreat with their unique boutiques, cafes, and galleries.

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Nestled at the top of New Zealand's South Island, Nelson and Marlborough are prime starting points for some of the most picturesque road trips in the country. Kicking off from Nelson, you can weave through the scenic drives that unveil the artistic townships, golden beaches, and lush national parks. Heading into Marlborough, the journey continues through rolling vineyards and along the majestic Marlborough Sounds. Whether you're venturing from the urban buzz of the North Island or the rugged landscapes of the South, these regions promise memorable campervan road trip adventures tailored to every interest. Here are a few worth checking out:

14-day New Zealand family campervan itinerary
Alyssa Tresider
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14-day New Zealand family campervan itinerary.

A campervan road trip around New Zealand is a bucket list experience for many. And for kids, it’s a holiday they’re sure to remember for years to come. In this ultimate 14-day New Zealand road trip, you’ll kick off your adventure in Queenstown and make your way up the country to Auckland. Along the way, you’ll tick off some of the best highlights and hidden gems New Zealand has to offer. It's undoubtedly one of the best New Zealand road trips for families, with loads to see and do for all ages. Ready to start planning your family campervan holiday? Let’s dive in!

 

Travel: 14 days

Route: Queenstown to Auckland 

Best time of the year: Anytime

Highlights: 

  • Grab an iconic Instagram shot of That Wānaka Tree

  • Marvel at the breathtaking vistas at Franz Josef Glacier

  • Immerse yourself in local arts and savour exquisite wines in Nelson and Blenheim

  • Witness the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on the Cook Strait Ferry Crossing

  • Explore New Zealand's rich stories at Te Papa Museum

  • Traverse dramatic volcanic landscapes at Tongariro National Park

  • Relive the magic of Middle-earth with a stroll through Hobbiton 

  • Experience the beauty of Hamilton Gardens

  • Take in sweeping views of Auckland at Sky Tower

 

Day 1: Queenstown to Wānaka

Travel time: 1 hr 30 mins

Distance: 111 km (via State Highway 6. Please note, campervans are not permitted to travel on Crown Range Road)

Day one of your ultimate 14-day New Zealand road trip starts at our Apollo Queenstown branch where you’ll be met by our friendly team as you pick up your pre-booked campervan hire. We’ll get you set up and ready for the road with everything you need to know about your campervan hire. 

Relax and take your time today as you enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour drive to the alpine village of Wānaka. One of the (many) beautiful towns of the South Island, Wānaka is surrounded by captivating scenery. A must-do while you’re here is to see and photograph That Wānaka Tree. Make the most of your stay here by exploring some of the nearby walks and trails and enjoying the great eateries. For a fun activity the whole family will enjoy, head to Puzzling World. This world of weirdness is packed with fun things to do. Figure out the crazy optical illusions, explore the mazes and visit the famously fascinating loos!

Settle in for the night at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park, known for its excellent facilities and prime location close to the lake.

TOP TIP: Kids a bit restless? Check out our guide on how to entertain kids in a camper

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 2: Wānaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Distance: 284 km

Travel time: 4 hours

The journey from Wānaka to Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most visually stunning segments of your New Zealand road trip. As you traverse the West Coast, the drive unveils dramatic changes in the landscape, from lush forests to rugged mountain views, encapsulating the raw beauty of New Zealand's wilderness.

Make a point to stop at the Blue Pools Track along the way. This easy walk leads you to crystal-clear waters framed by native bush, offering a refreshing break and fantastic photographic opportunities. 

Another worthy pause is Hokitika, a charming town renowned for its arts and crafts. A stroll through the town during lunch allows you to experience its creative spirit and perhaps find a unique piece of pounamu (New Zealand jade) to take home.

As you arrive in Franz Josef, immerse yourself in the grandeur of its namesake glacier. Opt for a guided tour on the ice or take to the skies with a scenic flight that offers panoramic views of this frozen wonderland. For a more relaxing end to your day, visit the Glacier Hot Pools. These natural thermal pools, set amidst dense rainforest, provide a serene environment to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Enjoy a cosy night at Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park, it’s the perfect spot to rest and recharge for another day of exploration.

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier to Punakaiki

Distance: 217 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 50 mins

On day three, your New Zealand road trip takes you from Franz Josef to Punakaiki with more awe-inspiring coastal views and the chance to see dense, native rainforests that line the rugged West Coast. 

Plan a lunch break at Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. This town offers a deep dive into the region's mining history and a chance to explore its heritage. 

When you arrive in Punakaiki, prepare to be amazed by the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These unique geological formations resemble giant stacks of pancakes and have been shaped over millions of years by the relentless forces of wind and water. The best time to visit is at high tide when the sea surges into the caverns below the rocks, forcing jets of water skyward through the blowholes in a dramatic display.

For your overnight stay, the Punakaiki Beach Camp offers a scenic spot to relax by the ocean. 

 

Day 4: Punakaiki to Nelson

Distance: 263 km

Travel time: 3 hours, 50 mins

Day four of your NZ road trip takes you from Punakaiki to Nelson. As you travel eastward, enjoy the stunning contrasts from dense rainforests to the rugged, scenic shoreline, before heading into the sunnier regions of Nelson. 

Along the way, stop and stretch your legs in Westport, a cosy coastal town perfect for a morning tea break. Take time to browse the local shops and galleries, which offer a range of unique artisan crafts and artworks, giving you a taste of the local culture and creativity.

In Nelson, known as the sunniest city in New Zealand, immerse yourself in the local art scene by visiting some of the top galleries and studios. You might like to plan a dinner of fish and chips on Tahunanui Beach tonight. Relax and enjoy the scene as the sunset paints the sky with colours that reflect beautifully over Tasman Bay.

For your stay tonight, park up at Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park, conveniently located close to both the city’s bustling centre and the beautiful beach. 

 

Day 5: Explore Nelson

You’re almost halfway through your ultimate New Zealand road trip, so enjoy a pause today to explore more of the charming city of Nelson. 

Start with a trip to the Nelson Provincial Museum. It's a great place to check out regional history with exhibits that are easy for kids to enjoy too. The museum does a fantastic job of making the geological, cultural, and social stories of the area engaging for visitors of all ages.

If you’re looking for a bit more outdoor fun, Natureland Zoo is perfect, especially for younger kids. Located near Tahunanui Beach, the zoo is all about conservation and education, offering kids the chance to meet a mix of native and exotic animals up close.

Or, if you’re in the mood for some quiet time, take a walk through the Miyazu Japanese Garden. The gardens are peaceful and well-maintained, making them an ideal spot for a family picnic.

Enjoy another night at the Nelson TOP 10 Holiday Park. 

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 6: Nelson to Blenheim

Distance: 118 km

Travel time: 1 hour, 40 mins

Today your road trip takes you from Nelson to Blenheim, guiding you through some of the most picturesque parts of the Marlborough region. This drive is shorter, allowing plenty of time for stops and exploration along the way.

A must-visit stop is Havelock, known as the greenshell mussel capital of the world. Take advantage of this by having lunch at The Mussel Pot, a cosy spot that specialises in fresh, locally sourced mussels cooked in a variety of delicious ways. After lunch, spend some time wandering around Havelock. The town may be small, but it's full of charm and a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenic views.

Once you arrive in Blenheim, there’s plenty to keep you busy for the afternoon. Start with a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, an internationally renowned museum that features dramatic displays of WWI and WWII aircraft. 

For a family-friendly outing, consider visiting one of Blenheim’s renowned vineyards. Many wineries in the region offer tours that are interesting for adults and accommodating for children. 

Finish up your day at the Blenheim Bridges Holiday Park. It's a great base to relax after a day of touring and tasting and prepare for more adventures ahead.

 

Day 7: Blenheim to Wellington

Distance: 157 km 

Travel time: 5 hours, including ferry crossing

Today is the halfway point of your New Zealand travel itinerary, taking you from the South Island and kicking off your North Island road trip. 

Start your day by taking the short drive from Blenheim to the quaint town of Picton, which serves as your gateway to the Cook Strait. In Picton, take some time to explore this charming coastal town. Walk along the marina, browse the local shops, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere before you board your ferry. 

The Cook Strait ferry crossing is a highlight of any NZ road trip. The journey offers stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds and the sea passage itself. Relax and enjoy the 3.5-hour crossing by taking in the views, watching a movie in the lounge, or having a bite to eat in the café. 

Once you arrive in Wellington, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of New Zealand’s capital city. A must-visit is Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand. This world-class museum offers fascinating exhibits that span New Zealand's historical, cultural, and natural heritage, making it a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.

For your stay in Wellington, book a few nights at Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park. This holiday park offers a comfortable and convenient base to explore more of what Wellington has to offer, with easy access to the city's major attractions.

 

Day 8: Explore Wellington

Celebrated for its vibrant arts scene, stunning landscapes, and rich history, the city of Wellington is the perfect place to explore by campervan. So, let’s take another day to check out some of the highlights. 

Kick off your morning with a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car, which not only provides a fun start to the day but also offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbour. Once at the top, explore the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Afterwards, make your way to the Wellington Waterfront, an ideal spot for a morning walk along the harbour. This vibrant area is bustling with cafes, parks, and intriguing art installations, providing a picturesque setting to relax and people-watch.

For lunch, head over to Cuba Street, Wellington’s bohemian quarter. Known for its eclectic mix of vintage shops, unique cafes, and vibrant street art, Cuba Street has loads of great dining options ranging from quick eats to gourmet experiences, all set in a lively atmosphere.

In the afternoon, treat the family to a Weta Workshop visit. This cool Wellington attraction offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how movie magic is made, with an up-close view of intricate props, costumes, and creatures from blockbuster films.

Finish your day back at Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park.

READ MORE: Family friendly things to do in Wellington.

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 9: Wellington to Tongariro National Park

Distance: 331 km

Travel time: 4 hours, 20 mins 

Day nine of your New Zealand road trip takes you from the coastal charms of Wellington to the rugged beauty of Tongariro National Park. 

As you make your way to Tongariro, be sure to plan a stop in Whanganui, a town rich with cultural heritage and beautiful riverfront views. Take a break here for lunch and spend some time exploring its historic sites and vibrant arts scene. The Whanganui River provides a stunning backdrop for a relaxing break and is perfect for a leisurely walk along the riverbank to stretch your legs.

Once you arrive at Tongariro National Park, prepare for some of the most breathtaking scenery New Zealand has to offer. The park, a dual World Heritage site, is famed for its stunning natural beauty and diverse hiking trails. Take advantage of the numerous scenic walks available, ranging from short, easy strolls to more challenging hikes that offer spectacular views of the volcanic landscape.

For your overnight stay, Tongariro Holiday Park offers a comfortable and convenient base close to the park’s main attractions. 

 

Day 10: Tongariro National Park to Rotorua

Distance: 170 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 10 mins 

Today you’ll be leaving the majestic Tongariro National Park as you head further north to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. 

A lovely midway stop is the town of Taupō, nestled on the shores of the vast Lake Taupō, New Zealand's largest lake. Break for lunch here and take in the stunning views of the lake and the mountains beyond. The lakefront is perfect for a relaxing break, with plenty of cafes and restaurants offering scenic dining experiences.

Once in Rotorua, there are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy. A good option for the afternoon is a visit to Agrodome, where you can experience a fun and educational farm show, showcasing sheep shearing and dog trials. Families can also get stuck in with hands-on activities like feeding lambs or even a farm tour. 

Another great option is the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which offers a chance to learn about New Zealand's native wildlife, including the opportunity to see New Zealand’s elusive kiwi. 

For your stay in Rotorua, settle in at the Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

 

Day 11: Explore Rotorua

Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s top destinations for families on a campervan road trip. And today you’ll have a full day to make the most of this geothermal gem. 

Kick things off at Skyline Rotorua. To get there, you’ll hop on a gondola and head up Mount Ngongotaha – the views as you climb skyward are stunning! Once you're up there, you can zip down the luge tracks, swing high on the Skyswing, or if you’re feeling sporty, hit the mountain biking trails. It’s a fantastic way to start your day with a bit of adrenaline.

Next up is Te Puia, where you can check out the famous Pohutu Geyser and immerse yourself in Māori culture. They’ve got everything from live carving and weaving demonstrations to storytelling and a powerful cultural performance. It’s a great place to connect with New Zealand’s heritage.

When you’re ready to unwind, head over to the Polynesian Spa. Treat yourself to a soak in their hot mineral pools with a view of the lake – it’s pure bliss and the perfect way to recharge.

In the afternoon, why not take a walk through the treetops at the Redwoods Treewalk? This walkway lifts you high above the forest floor among ancient trees. It’s both peaceful and pretty impressive.

Enjoy another night tonight at Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park.

READ MORE: Family friendly things to do in Rotorua

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 12: Rotorua to Matamata

Distance: 94 km

Travel time: 1 hour, 25 mins 

Day 12 of your New Zealand road trip moves you from the bubbling hot pools and adventure of Rotorua to the charming rural town of Matamata – also known as Middle Earth!  

The star attraction in Matamata is undoubtedly the Hobbiton Movie Set, the iconic filming location for The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Here, you can wander among the iconic Hobbit holes, have a pint at the Green Dragon Inn, and even stand beneath the famed Party Tree. The guided tours are packed with fascinating titbits, offering insights not just into the making of the films but also into how this vibrant set has been woven into the fabric of the landscape.

Don’t rush off too quickly after your tour – Matamata itself deserves a little exploration. The town exudes a warm, rural charm and features an i-SITE visitor centre that mimics the Hobbiton style, making even a stop for information a part of your adventure.

As the day winds down, enjoy the peaceful setting at Opal Hot Springs and Holiday Park

 

Day 13: Matamata to Auckland

Distance: 185 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 30 mins

It’s the second-to-last day of your New Zealand road trip, but don’t worry, there’s still loads to see and do. Today, you’ll leave the quaint charm of Matamata behind as you make your way to Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most vibrant city. 

A must-do stop along the way is the Hamilton Gardens. This popular attraction is a real treat with its globally inspired gardens that transport you from an Italian Renaissance Garden to a traditional Japanese Zen Garden, all in one afternoon. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs and soak in some beauty and tranquillity.

When you get to Auckland, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Start with a trip up the iconic Sky Tower. It's the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, and the views from the top are incredible – definitely a must-do for a sweeping look at the city and beyond. Then, head down to the Viaduct Harbour to relax by the water and maybe grab a bite at one of the waterfront cafes or restaurants.

Wrap up your day at Takapuna Beach Holiday Park, right next to the beach. It’s an ideal place to unwind by the sea after a day of city exploring. Plus, Takapuna’s lively cafes and shops are just a stone's throw away if you’re up for a little more adventure before calling it a night.

 

Day 14: Explore Auckland

It’s the last day of your New Zealand road trip but there’s still time to squeeze in a few extra highlights.  

Why not start with a visit to the Auckland Zoo? It’s a hit with families, featuring a fantastic array of animals from around the world. The zoo is big on conservation and makes learning about wildlife fun for everyone with its hands-on exhibits and engaging tours.

After some wild encounters, visit the Auckland Museum. This museum is a goldmine of natural history, Māori and Pacific Island heritage, and New Zealand’s wartime history. Its interactive galleries are perfect for kids, making learning fun and accessible.

Top off your NZ road trip with an afternoon at Butterfly Creek to see the dinosaurs and beautiful butterflies from around the world. It’s nice and handy to Apollo’s Auckland branch too. 

The last item on your travel itinerary is to drop off your campervan at Apollo's Auckland branch. Don’t forget to share any hidden gems you found along the way and let us know if we can help plan your next awesome campervan adventure!

 

Is a New Zealand road trip calling you?

From the alpine beauty of Franz Josef to the magic of Middle Earth, a New Zealand road trip has it all. Ready to get started? There's no reason to wait, book your Apollo campervan online today and set the stage for an unforgettable family campervan holiday.

 

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Christchurch

The drive from Apollo Christchurch to Nelson takes you along some of the South Island’s most scenic coastline. There’s a fair bit to see and do along the way, so be sure to take your time and perhaps plan an overnight stay in Kaikoura. 

Queenstown

Keen to make the most of your road trip and explore more of the South Island? Book your camper with our Queenstown branch and spend a few days heading northward taking in some of the great southern highlights along the way. 

Auckland

The North Island is packed full of sights and experiences, so why not tick off a few with a road trip from Apollo Auckland to Nelson? This journey includes crossing the Cook Strait by ferry offering the opportunity to travel through the pristine Marlborough Sounds. 

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Helpful tips for visiting Nelson & Marlborough

 

Climate and seasons in Nelson & Marlborough

Nelson and Marlborough are renowned for their inviting climates, making them year-round destinations for visitors. Nelson, often celebrated as the sunniest city in New Zealand, enjoys a mild maritime climate that complements its outdoor lifestyle and vibrant arts culture.

  • Summer (December to February) in Nelson are warm and sunny, with temperatures typically ranging from 20°C to 25°C, perfect for enjoying the region's stunning beaches and outdoor dining. In Marlborough, the warmth accentuates the beauty of the vineyards, making it an ideal time for wine tasting and scenic tours.

  • Autumn (March to May) in Nelson are warm and sunny, with temperatures typically ranging from 20°C to 25°C, perfect for enjoying the region's stunning beaches and outdoor dining. In Marlborough, the warmth accentuates the beauty of the vineyards, making it an ideal time for wine tasting and scenic tours.

  • Winter (June to August) brings cooler weather, with daytime temperatures hovering around 12°C to 15°C. It's a great time to enjoy the region's art galleries, museums, and cosy dining spots, with the occasional crisp, clear day perfect for outdoor adventures.

  • Spring (September to November) breathes new life into the regions, with blossoming gardens and warming temperatures. It's a beautiful time to witness the region's natural beauty, from the awakening vineyards in Marlborough to the blossoming landscapes in Nelson.

Both regions enjoy relatively low rainfall compared to other parts of New Zealand, though it's always wise to pack a light rain jacket just in case. The transitional seasons of autumn and spring offer a spectacular display of nature's beauty, making them particularly rewarding times to visit.

 

 

 

What to pack

Heading out for an adventure in Nelson and Marlborough with your campervan is an exciting prospect, and packing smart can enhance your experience. The region's welcoming climates and diverse outdoor activities mean you'll need a mix of gear to comfortably enjoy everything from sun-soaked beaches to leisurely vineyard tours. Here’s a rundown of what to bring along.

  • Outdoor gear: The stunning landscapes of Nelson and Marlborough are your playground, so come prepared with versatile outdoor gear. Lightweight, breathable clothing will keep you comfortable during the warm days, while a layer or two for the cooler evenings ensures you can enjoy those starlit nights by the campfire. Durable walking shoes are essential, whether you're hiking in Abel Tasman National Park or exploring the coastal trails.

  • Campervan add-ons: Enhance your campervan living with a few thoughtful extras. A portable barbecue can elevate your dining under the stars, while extra camping chairs and a table (these can be added to your campervan hire) can make your outdoor setup more comfortable.

  • Sun protection:The New Zealand sun, particularly in the Nelson region, known for its high sunshine hours, calls for diligent sun protection. Pack high-SPF sunscreen, a quality pair of sunglasses with UV protection, and a hat to shield you during those outdoor adventures. Remember, sun safety is key, even on overcast days.

For more helpful ideas, check out our guide to what to pack for your campervan road trip.

 

 

Nearby attractions and day trips from Nelson

 

Farewell Spit

Farewell Spit is a striking natural feature located at the northern tip of the South Island, renowned for its extensive sandbar and rich birdlife. This area serves as a bird sanctuary where visitors can observe a variety of migratory birds in their natural setting. The iconic lighthouse at the spit's end also provides a picturesque backdrop for visitors exploring this unique and protected landscape.

Takaka

In the heart of Golden Bay, Takaka is a vibrant town known for its artistic community, quirky cafes, and nearby natural wonders like Te Waikoropupū Springs. A day trip to Takaka can be as relaxing or adventurous as you like, with options ranging from exploring local art galleries to hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Rabbit Island

Just a short drive from Nelson, Rabbit Island offers vast sandy beaches, picnic spots, and cycling trails. It's an ideal place for a family day out, where you can enjoy swimming, beach games, or simply bask in the tranquil atmosphere of this coastal gem.

Lord of the Rings film locations

For fans of the Lord of the Rings series, the Nelson region offers the chance to visit some of the trilogy's filming locations. Take on a day trip to explore the diverse landscapes that were transformed into Middle-Earth, from the rolling hills to the lush forests, each offering a glimpse into the magical world of the films.

 

Where to stay in Nelson & Marlborough with a campervan

When it comes to finding the perfect spot to park and rest in Nelson and Marlborough, there's no shortage of picturesque, comfy campgrounds. Here are a few worth checking out:

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