: Nelson Airport, 30 minutes by car to Ruby Bay
: Inter-island Ferry Terminal – Picton to Wellington
: Picton or Blenheim
: Coastal Highway near Mapua or Tasman
: Ruby Bay Beach - Kina Beach close by
: Mapua or award winning restaurants and wineries
: Rainbow Ski Field, St Arnaud
: Kina Golf Course, on the cliffs above Kina Beach
: Mapua Whalf, Mapua or Jesters Cafe, Tasman
Ruby Bay in the Moutere District.
The Nelson Region experiences year round warm dry weather and is renowned for experiencing the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. The local economy is based on resources like horticulture, fishing and forestry. There are three great National Parks in the area the closet being the world famous Abel Tasman National Park which is a true coastal paradise with stunning golden sand beaches and turquoise waters.
There is great seafood, and the local cafés and brewery at the Mapua wharf with waterfront dining beside the largest estuary in the South Island. There are numerous wineries, cafes and arts and crafts galleries in the Moutere District. Enjoy outdoor activities such as sea kayaking, walks, tandem ski diving, mountain biking, cycling along cycle trails, river rafting, fly fishing and sailing. You can book a helicopter ride to the more wild and scenic landscapes, charter a boat for fishing in the Able Tasman Park or the Marlborough Sounds. In winter there is snowboarding and sking at Rainbow ski field. All equipment can be hired and guided tours arranged for all these activities in the Nelson area.