Local Area

Things to do in Nelson

Happy Valley Adventures range of activities can easily be combined with other local attractions, allowing the adventurous traveler to have a fantastic day put together experiencing the best the region has to offer.

So whether you are looking to break up your journey as you travel between Picton or Blenheim and Nelson, or you want to escape the crowds at the Abel Tasman National Park, we can organise a range of activities on your behalf – make sure you contact us to arrange a great day.

Cable Bay activities

Situated within 5km of Happy Valley Adventures are a range of fantastic activities.

You can kayak around Peppin Island from Cable Bay, with stunning scenery and crystal blue water – and a chance to see dolphins, seals, penguins and maybe even the occasional orca! You should allow half a day for this kayaking tour.

If you prefer to test your skills with a rifle, then we have a local range that will give full tuition (if you need it!) in a safe and fun environment. You can challenge a friend at the duelling tree, a true test of accuracy and speed. Allow an hour to enjoy the range.

Travelling between Nelson and Picton/Blenheim

Happy Valley Adventures is a two-minute detour off the main road between Nelson and Picton or Blenheim, making it a fantastic spot to break up your journey on the way through. If you are travelling in this direction, there are some other activities you might like to consider on your journey.

From Havelock, Marlborough Travel offer a half day Greenshell Mussel Cruise, a wine and food experience in the stunning Malborough Sounds. Havelock is famous for Greenshell mussels, and this tour will give you a fascinating insight into how these delicacies are farmed – as well as an opportunity to witness the beautiful setting of Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. This is a half-day activity starting at 1.30pm each day in the summer.

The Queen Charlotte Drive is a backroad between Havelock and Picton. This provides road access into the Marlborough Sounds, where you have further kayaking, walking, accommodation and nature experiences on offer.

Abel Tasman National Park adventures

If you are keen to check out the opportunities in the Abel Tasman National Park, there are a variety of operators offering anything from sea kayaking tours and water taxi services on the water, information and support services for walking the coastal or inland track on the land, or parachute jumping and acrobatic plane flights in the air! All of these activities are easily and frequently combined with the Happy Valley experience – even if you only have one day in the region you don’t have to choose one or the other.

If you want advice or support in planning activities with other operators in the region, make sure you contact us so we can help contribute to a great day out in this beautiful part of New Zealand.