Paradiso Backpacker Hostel Nelson

Paradiso Backpacker

42 Weka Street
Nelson, New Zealand

Things to do in Nelson

Nelson has a lot to offer for everyone. There's a great variety of outdoor activities and art & culture that could keep you busy for months. We have listed some suggestions below and if you choose to go with an operator, they'll usually pick you up and drop you off at the hostel for free. We also have hiking gear for hire if you choose to go for an overnight hike in the Abel Tasman for example.

Free Paradiso Nelson Tours
Our tours start daily at 9.30am. See us at the reception to make your free booking! All tours subject to change to suit weather conditions. Minimum 4 persons. You join at your own risk - high heels not recommended.
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Cable Bay Adventure Park

Nelson's own adventure park. Get your adrenaline pumping in one of the World’s longest Flying Fox’s (Skywire), do a quad bike tour, mountain biking, paintball or jump into the amphibious all terrain 'Argo' vehicle.
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Paynes Ford

Predominately a sport climbing area, the Paynes Ford rock climbing area offers routes that are generally vertical to slightly overhanging but with some steeper roofs. Climbers are offered a range of limestone features including pocks, cracks and flowstone which could be characterised as 'interesting slopers'.
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Big Blue Dive & Fish

Big Blue Dive and Fish is Nelson's longest running diving and fishing store, serving NZ's divers since 1996. We offer an extended range of Diving and Fishing equipment. Scuba equipment is available for rent.
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Seabird Charters

Seabird Charters are Nelson's top boat and fishing charter business that have specialised in fishing, diving and sightseeing trips at the top of the South Island.
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Freshwater Fishing License

If you're a keen fisherman and on the hunt for trout you're in the right spot. The Nelson region offers many waterways that are pristine fishing spots. While fishing in the ocean doesn't require any license, freshwater fishing does. Check with NZ Fish & Game to get a license...
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Hiking / Tramping & Walks

Abel Tasman Coastal Track

One of NZ's 9 Great Walks - blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, the Abel Tasman Coast Track has it all. Walk the whole track in either direction, take a water taxi or kayak between different locations. The whole track is 60km and it takes 3-5 days to complete.
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Heaphy Track

One of 9 NZ Great Walks. Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast. The whole track is 78.4km and it takes 4 - 6 days to complete.
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Nelson Short Walks

In and around Nelson are several short walks of varying length and difficulties. The Nelson City Council offers descriptions and maps for all of them.
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Centre of New Zealand

The Centre of New Zealand on Botanical Hill is one of Nelson’s most popular walks. To reach the top will take 20-60 minutes, depending on your age, speed and fitness.
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Horse Riding

Stonehurst Farm

Stonehurst is a picturesque family farm, situated just a 20 minute drive from Nelson and 8 minutes from Richmond. They offer quality horse grazing, along with a full range of equestrian facilities which can be hired, including horse float, arenas. Clinics are held regularly at Stonehurst in a range of topics and disciplines.  They can put you in touch with instructors who specialise in the area that best suits you, whether this is competitive riding, western or simply pleasure.
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Kayaking & Rafting

Kaiteriteri Kayak

Kaiteriteri Kayaks has been operating sea kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman National Park for nearly 20 years. Our trips are about choice guides and good times, not hard work.
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Kahu Kayaks

We offer a range of guided kayaking tours and freedom rental sea kayaking trips in the Abel Tasman National Park. Our guided kayak tours will take you along a stunning stretch of coastline for a fantastic sea kayaking experience.
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Golden Bay Kayaks

Golden Bay Kayaks will show you Abel Tasman National Park, one of the top 10 kayaking destinations in the's a standout experience - this is a must do! Launch from our stunning Tata Beach base in Golden Bay and you are immediately in the Abel Tasman National Park - the northern end (the quiet end!)
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Cable Bay Kayaks

Cable Bay Kayaks specialise in half and full day eco sea kayak tours. We're just 20 minutes from Nelson, adjacent to Nelson's newest marine reserve. Seals, dolphins and sea birds all seasonally frequent the area. Snorkelling gear provided.
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Ultimate Descents

Rafting in New Zealand in its whitewater capital Murchison, we have access to rivers that cover all the grades. From gentle family rafting tours to the extremes of West coast heli rafting  and everything in between. 
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Nelson Saturday Market

Every Saturday Nelson is having a market at Montgomery Square in the city centre (behind Rebel Sports). You can buy local produce like veges, fruits, handmade foods, crafts, gifts or just enjoy the buzzing atmosphere while having a coffee. The market starts at 8am and ends around 1-2pm.
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Nelson Farmers Market

Every Wednesday in the heart of Nelson City at Morrison Square from 10.30am - 3.30pm. A vibrant market brimming with a diverse range of local, seasonal and fresh produce; music, demonstrations, tastings and entertainment.
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Twilight Market

Every Thursday evening at Isel Park / Stoke - check out the delicious street food, amazing lighting displays and lively market atmosphere. Enjoy a mid-week night out and sample delicious cuisines from around the world!
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Museum / Gallery / Exhibition

Nelson Classic Car Museum

Nelson Classic Car Museum (NCCM) is the best place to see more than 150 cars in immaculate condition. From our little 1908 Renault AX, to classics of the 1950s including Vauxhalls, Triumphs and Cadillacs, through to the exquisite mastery of Jaguar and Ferrari.
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The Suter Art Gallery

The Suter gallery and shop has a wide range of handmade crafts ranging through jewellery, ceramics, homewares, wood crafts, books and Gallery merchandise making it the perfect place to get that special gift you’re looking for.
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The Refinery

Arts Council Nelson runs the Refinery Artspace on Halifax Street, where they hold events and exhibitions to provide the community with an accessible and stimulating art space. Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-2pm
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RED Art Gallery

The RED Art Gallery & Café is a gorgeous art gallery, design store and café in Nelson. They stock beautiful artworks, fabulous design products from around the world & delicious food & coffee. 
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Sail Nelson

An iconic blue sea, golden beaches, good tidal range and a reliable sea breeze makes Nelson the perfect sailing destination. At Sail Nelson we are passionate about giving you the skills and experience to enjoy sailing to the full. We have repeatedly been awarded RYA School of the Year.
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Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

Scenic sailing in New Zealands most spectacular waters. Our yachts are fun, sail fast and stable. The large, open, flat decks allow you to relax and enjoy the wind in your hair. Experience the joy of sailing while taking in the fantastic sights of the Abel Tasman National Park.
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Charter your own sailing yacht and cruise the New Zealand waters.Find a yacht in NZ's largest charter boat directory.
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Skydiving / Paragliding / Hang Gliding

Skydive Abel Tasman

Are you in for a little adrenaline rush? Then a tandem Skydive from 12,000 or 13,000 feet is the experience you're looking for! Enjoy the freefall while gazing down to the stunning Tasman Bay scenery! They also put your screaming on video if you wish.
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Tasman Sky Adventures

Fly free as a bird. At Sky Adventures we use the latest tandem aero-towing techniques to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience possible. “Tandem” hang-gliders are built for two and operated by an experienced pilot. We also offer scenic microlight flights.
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Surfing / Kite Surfing / SUP


Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding  and Stand Up Paddleboarding. We offer group and private lessons – every day from September to May. We teach according to the IKO standards which are designed to help you learn quickly in a fun and safe way.
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Kite Surf Nelson

We are happy to provide you with any advice or help that you need to enjoy your kiting in and around Nelson and the top of the South Island. Our kitesurfing school offers high quality lessons from experienced instructors to get you riding as safely and quickly as possible
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