Explore the diversity of the Nelson region!

We have organised some amazing field trips taking place on Friday 3rd April.

Minimum and Maximum numbers apply, so get in quick to avoid missing out. If minimum numbers are not reached, some functions may be cancelled. 

Abel Tasman Explorer

No visit to Nelson would be complete without a trip to Abel Tasman National Park… and this one will give you insights that the normal tourist never gets.  The Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park - and also one of its busiest, with over 300,000 visitors a year.  After a bus ride to Kaiteriteri, you’ll take a cruise along the southern part of the park and explore some of the challenges of managing one of our scenic gems in the face of increasing tourism pressures and coastal hazards.  The boat will drop you off at one of the beautiful beaches and you’ll get to see some of the work being done by DOC, Project Janszoon and the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust to make the Abel Tasman a better place for nature as well as for people.  Then it’s back on the boat for the return trip to Kaiteriteri, keeping an eye out for seals, seabirds and dolphins (if you’re lucky!).

Price includes return transport, boat cruise with sea shuttles, morning tea and lunch.

Buses will pick up delegates at 8.30am from the Trafalgar Centre. 

Please bring a hat, walking shoes, sunscreen, water bottle, rain jacket (just in case) and togs and a towel if you think you might be keen for a quick swim!

$92.00 (exc. gst) per person

Beer and Wine Tour

Te Tau Ihu, including Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough, are famous for our sunny climate which also lends itself to growing amazing grapes and hops.  A number of brewers and vintners in the area skilfully turn these into beer and wine.  This tour will take in a range of aspects of this industry from the huge wine and bottle distribution centre at Port Nelson (including a tour of the wider Port), the hop grower co-operative NZ Hops, a winery for lunch and then wrapping up with a visit to a brewery.  At each location the people involved will tell us about their operations and of course you will be able to sample the products.

We will ensure everyone has closed toe shoes and no loose jewellery.

Price includes return transport, morning tea, lunch and a drink.

Buses will depart the Trafalgar Centre at 9.00am

Please ensure you are wearing closed toe shoes and no loose jewellery.

$87.00 (exc. gst) per person

Climate Change Impacts and Issues

Like other coastal cities in New Zealand, Nelson is facing increasing magnitude and frequency of climate events.

You will be taken to a number of coastal sites in the region that either were impacted by storm activity in the past or are expected to face issues with coastal erosion and inundation in the future due to climate change and sea level rise. You will visit sites that were impacted by the Ex-Cyclones Fehi and Gita in 2018, such as Ruby Bay north of Mapua, the Monaco peninsula, and Rocks Road.

After lunch at the Boathouse Café (recently restored after sustaining serious damage in the 2018 events), you will take an afternoon walk through the City Centre to explore how climate change and sea level rise might impact the low-lying city centre in the future.

Price includes return transport, morning tea and lunch.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket (just in case) and a water bottle.

$68.00 (exc. gst) per person

Dammed if you do (Waimea Dam)

Freshwater management is a hot topic right now, but when was it not?  Certainly not in Tasman.  The Waimea Community Dam – now under construction – will be the largest dam built in New Zealand for 20 years and took almost that long to plan and get approvals and funding. It almost never made it, too, and has been strongly contested by some parts of the community.  On this trip you’ll hear from some of the people involved in the scheme who’ll explain its background, setbacks and successes – including Tasman’s experiment with a collaborative freshwater planning process years before these fashionable – before visiting the construction site to see the work in progress.  This will be followed by a trip across the Waimea Plains where you’ll have lunch and see some of the land uses that will benefit from the scheme.  You’ll also get an opportunity to sample some of Nelson’s great wines, with an optional wine tasting at one of our boutique wineries (spaces limited, so book fast!). 

Price includes return transport, morning tea, lunch and a drink. If you wish to include the wine tasting, you may do so at an additional charge. 

Buses depart Trafalgar Centre at 9.00am.

$109.00 (exc. gst) per person (includes wine tasting) / $98.00 (exc. gst) per person (excludes Wine tasting)

Nelson Great Taste Trail

Outdoor activities attract many people to live in and visit Nelson.  One of the newer and more ambitious projects has been establishing the Great Taste Trail named due to the incredible diversity of experiences you sample along the trail.  This trip will take in a flat 35km portion of the trail (approx. 3.5hrs of riding) from Nelson City to the Mapua Ferry following the coast for some of the way.  We will stop to talk with those involved in creating the trail, protecting the adjacent Waimea Estuary and developing the Mapua Wharf area.

Price includes bike hire, morning tea, lunch, ferry and transport from Mapua to Nelson CBD.

Meet at Kiwi Journeys depot near the Nelson I-site (Millers Acre Centre 1/37-39 Halifax Street) at 9.00am to collect bikes. Wear comfortable biking clothes and shoes, bring sunscreen, rain jacket (just in case) and a water bottle.

$113.00 (exc. gst) per person

Inner City Development / Nelson City Centre Tour

Nelson City Centre has mostly retained its historic footprint and buildings. Past urban interventions have slowed traffic, making it an inviting place to see by foot. On this tour, you will be led by the Nelson City Council City Centre Development Lead, Alan Gray, around some of the unique attributes of Nelson’s past as well as aspirations toward the future. These include inner city residential development, a locally-sourced seismic engineered Laminated Veneer Timber building, Make/Shift Spaces (a vacant shop activation programme) and examples of local tactical urbanism (temporary trials to change perceptions).

Price includes morning tea and walking tour only, this tour finishes at lunchtime, no lunch is included.

Meet at the Trafalgar Centre to start the walk at 9.30am.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring sunscreen, hat, rain jacket (just in case) and a water bottle.


$26.00 (exc. gst) per person

Nelson Mountain Biking

Nelson is famous for its vast Mountain Bike track network which is easily accessible from the City Centre.  Many passionate people in the Nelson community have been busy creating these tracks over a number of years.  This trip lets you loose on some of the tracks in the Codgers MTB Park with opportunities to stop and learn how this all came about and plans for the future.  We will meet with members of the Nelson Mountain Bike Club, planners involved in the consenting for the tracks, Ngāti Koata (Tangata whenua and landowners), and the group behind the proposal for the Nelson Adventure Park which would include a gondola up Fringed Hill.

  • Own Bike - Price includes morning tea and lunch. Please bring your all your own gear including helmets, knee pads and gloves.

  • Full Suspension Bike Hire - Price includes, bike hire, protective gear (helmets, knee pads and gloves), morning tea and lunch.  Please bring your own water bottle.

  • E-Bike hire - Price includes, bike hire, protective gear (helmets, knee pads and gloves), morning tea and lunch. Please bring your own water bottle.

Meet at Gravity at 9.00am for briefing.

$122.00 (exc. gst) per person (Full suspension bike) | $174.00 (exc. gst) per person (e-bike) | $35.00 (exc. gst) per person (own bike)

Naturally Nelson

Nelson is a great little city, but there’s much more to the place than just the built environment.  Most of Nelson City is actually rural, with a mixture of farmland, forestry and native habitats – so take a walk on the wild side to discover some of Nelson’s natural gems, and the people and projects that are helping to bring nature into the heart of Nelson.   You’ll start with a visit to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary (the largest fenced sanctuary in the South Island), where you’ll hear about its trials and triumphs before going for a guided walk in the sanctuary to see what difference the removal of mammalian pests has made.  Other stops during the day will look at council and the community projects to restore wetlands and rivers, and what some private landowners are doing to protect and enhance Significant Natural Areas (SNAs).  You'll round the day off with an opportunity to go wild in a different way, with a range of activities at Cable Bay Adventure Park!

Price includes transport, morning tea and lunch. Please wear closed tow shoes, bring sunscreen, hat and water bottle as well as a rain jacket (just in case!)

Buses depart Trafalgar Centre at 9.00am

$83.00 (exc. gst) per person

Sound Planning

The Government’s aquaculture strategy has a goal to grow the industry to $3 billion in annual sales by 2035 – and to do so consistently with existing regulatory requirements, such as regional councils’ coastal plans and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.  Is this possible?  It’s in places like the Marlborough Sounds where this will be tested, so let’s take a look at what’s really happening on the ground (or in the water!).  We’ll start at Havelock – the GreenshellTM Mussel capital of the world – for a cruise on Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere, which is at the heart of the industry in Marlborough.  We’ll hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and the wider community, and how planning for aquaculture is shaping up in the Sounds.  We’ll also see some of the other management issues facing the Sounds and hear about the Kotahitanga mo te Taiao Alliance - an exciting collaboration between councils, DOC and iwi, which has a project starting in the Pelorus/Te Hoiere catchment.  After an informative and enjoyable boat trip, the coach will take us back to Nelson in time for the gala dinner! 

Price includes return transport, morning tea, lunch and boat cruise.

Buses will depart the Trafalgar Centre at 8.30am

$170.00 (exc. gst) per person

Takahi te Whenua

Whakatū ki te Tauihu o te Waka a Maui has a long and multi-layered history. On this tour, you will visit a number of significant sites in and around the urban area of Whakatū and learn more about the history and kaupapa Māori of the rohe. You will hear about the Supreme Court case on the Nelson Tenths Reserves, visit Pikimai, the pa site that became the site of Nelson Cathedral. You will be taken to a development by a Māori-owned corporation, as well as a development on the site of a seasonal kāinga.

Price includes return transport, morning tea and lunch.

Buses will depart Trafalgar Centre at 9.00am.

$63.00 (exc. gst) per person

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