Silversea Luxury Cruises A NELSON

NELSON

Tucked right into the very top of New Zealand’s South Island, Nelson is easy to miss. Yet, it would be foolish to do so; overlooking Nelson would be overlooking a fabulous town with friendly people, gorgeous scenery and no shortage of superlative food and wine. The city has long held a magnetic pull for creatives of all types: it's known for artisanal craft shops and diverse art galleries. View more

In fact, with one of the largest numbers of working artists and galleries in the country, you’ll find an array of talented craftspeople living in the region; from traditional, to contemporary to Māori. Not only is Nelson one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, but it is the oldest on the South Island (and second oldest in the country). The land was bought in 1840 by the British for £800, with the intention of providing a place to live to settlers. By 1843 almost 2,000 adults had relocated to the province, yet lack of funds thwarted their dreams of becoming landowners. Thus Nelson has been largely left alone by industry. Population has swelled in recent years due to the town’s stunning natural landscapes, but this is a place for young families and lovers of the Great Outdoors. Set on the Able Tasman Coast Track, and on the border of the Nelson Lakes National Park, there is much to your eyes – and legs! – occupied. Kayak alongside dolphins, penguins and seals in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, bathe in the crystal waters of the Kahurangi National Park or a low tide beach walk – or ride – in Wharariki.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursiones en NELSON

Abel Tasman Flightseeing

Discover the golden sand beaches and pristine waterways of the Abel Tasman National Park. Named for the Dutch explorer who anchored here in 1642, Abel Tasman may be New Zealand's smallest national park, but it more than compensates for that with its stunning beauty.


Helicopter Flight

Board your helicopter near the pier for a spectacular flight over the coast and make your way to Awaroa Lodge. You may spot hikers along the coastal trail and boaters off the shore, since this national treasure is roadless and can only be seen on foot, by sea or from the air. After approximately 20-minutes in the air you will reach your destination after viewing the amazing scenery that is New Zealand.


Awaroa Lodge, Tea/Coffee, Free Time

Landing at the Lodge will allow you time to relax on the grounds and enjoy tea/coffee. The eco-friendly Lodge is surrounded by a forest frequented by exotic birds like the boisterous tui and olive-green makomako. With your free time here, opt to relax at the lodge, explore one of the many nature trails or simply walk along the stunning Arawoa Beach where you can even have a swim.


After approximately 1.5 hours at the Lodge you will re-board your helicopter for the return flight back to the pier.

Cycle Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

Start your adventure with a drive to Eddyline Brewery for a quick refreshment before cycling around the Coastal section of 'Tasman's Great Taste Trail' towards Mapua, experiencing stunning views, crossing the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge and a short trip across the channel on towards Mapua.


This section of the trail is amazing, experiencing views from the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland (home to a range of internationally significant bird species). Cross the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge before entering Rabbit Island.


The trail takes us along the main beach of Rabbit Island where we will come to the Ferry landing. A short trip across the channel on the iconic Mapua Ferry lands you at the Mapua Wharf. Visit a local seafront restaurant to relish freshly caught fish and chips before spending some free time soaking up the relaxing vibe in Mapua. Explore galleries, studios, cafes, shops or the Golden Bear Boutique Brewery before your drive back to the pier.

Discover Nelson on Foot

Join your guide for a walk through historic Nelson, New Zealand's second oldest city and culture capital. Learn what makes this 'village like' city so attractive to locals as well as international tourists and see why it is a mecca for artists and artisans.

Shuttle Transfer to the Centre

Meet your local guide and transfer by shuttle to the centre of town (approx. 3 minute drive away). From here your guide will take you on a walking journey, sharing the history of the city and showcasing many of the region's cultural, historic and scenic aspects.


Guided Walking Tour

Upon arrival, begin your exploration with a gentle walk along the banks of the Maitai river, lined with sculptures and native trees en route to Queens Gardens, a beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park.


Nelson, the sunniest place in New Zealand is a mecca for artists and artisans (over 340 working artists call this region home) and stop will be made at the Suter Gallery, gifted to the people of Nelson by the city's second bishop. Beside the Suter lies Albion Square, home of the original Provincial Government buildings.

Continue along Alton Street, past the protected Nelson Central School, following the Brook Stream (Nelson's original water source) to the beautiful timber homes of 'The Dress Circle' on our way to a well earnt cup of tea/coffee at Melrose House. Of 'Italianate' design, Melrose House is one of many large timber houses built in the early years of Nelson and a great spot for quick refreshment.

Afterwards, continue down the Trafalgar Street, taking its name from the 'Battle of Trafalgar,' find the impressive Christ Church Cathedral surrounded in both Maori & European history. Trace the edge of the original shoreline and wander past the cottages of South Street, home to some of the region's earliest settlers.

The tour concludes at the Nelson Visitor Centre from where guests can either take the shuttle bus back to the pier right away. Those guests wishing to spend a bit more time in Nelson city before returning to your vessel are welcome to do so.

Nelson Discovery

Nelson is a city on the South Island of New Zealand and it's known for local arts and crafts stores, and art galleries. Discover the highlights of the area on this half-day sightseeing tour.


Panoramic Drive & WOW Museum

Depart the pier for an orientation drive through Nelson on your way to the World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour of this unique museum, a memorable experience like no other, and unique to Nelson. Firmly established as an iconic Nelson visitor attraction, the World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum houses two distinctly different collections. Be inspired in the theatrical WOW® Gallery, view amazing garments from New Zealand's unique World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, where art is taken off the wall to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways. In the adjoining Classic Cars gallery, motoring enthusiasts can marvel over one of Australasia's largest private collection of classic cars. The car collection represents years of passionate sourcing from New Zealand and around the world.


Artisan Workshops

Afterwards, visit some of the artisan workshops, such as Jen Hansen Ring maker, their "One Ring" in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies is undoubtedly the world's most famous ring. Its shape is simple, yet recognizable. Visit Flamedaisy Glass Design, an original handmade glass studio by Anthony Genet and Berinthia Binnie. Based in the heart of central Nelson, browse the gallery or watch the magic of glassblowing in the hot-shop. View a selection of artworks from the region's highest calibre Artists presented to an exceptional standard at Parker Gallery


Your return drive back to the ship and Port Nelson will take you past Tahunanui Beach and Nelson's waterfront with a view of Haulashore Island and the naturally formed Boulder Bank.

Nelson Wine Trail Indulgence

The small, unassuming unknown region of Nelson in the northern part of New Zealand's South Island, is the quiet neighbor of the country's largest and most productive wine growing region Marlborough. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Nelson area is one of New Zealand's sunniest regions and clear skies allow for very cool nights, which result in an expressive flavour development in the fruit and a solid structure of fruit acid in wines.

No matter which wineries you visit in this region you will find they are all set in stunningly beautiful surroundings with spectacular vistas, they all have their own special qualities, stories, history and of course, world class wine. Nelson has always had a strong reputation for beautiful aromatics such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier but more recently is developing a following for Gruner Vetliner, Albarino and Sauvignon Gris. However, currently New Zealand's best chardonnay and Pinot Noir also come from Nelsons vineyards.


Depart the pier and travel outside of the city to a scenic viewpoint for an orientation of this wine region and an overview of the two distinctly different grape producing regions. First passing over the Waimea Plain, an ancient river bed of deep, free draining gravels overlaid with top soil that have supported market gardens for 800 years and now orchards and vineyards. Waimea means 'river gardens' in Maori - with stony soils of alluvial origin, high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence, the Waimea Plains provide a great terroir.


Visit various local vineyards (Brightwater Vineyards, Seifried Winery, Moutere Hills Vineyard, Kahurangi Estates) and taste their finest wines. Enjoy local cheese tasting at a boutique artisan cheese store and a gourmet platter style lunch at the award winning Forsters restaurant.

The tour concludes back at the pier.

Quad Bike Forest Adventure

Welcome to Nelson, consistently New Zealand's sunniest spot and home to three national parks, some of the world's finest hops, and a wide arrange of activities and adventure. Nelson is also home to the geographical centre of New Zealand.

Transfer to Cable Bay Adventure Park

Travel north, past the Nelson haven and the unique boulder bank to the Cable Bay Adventure Park and set off on a guided self-driving quad bike tour over farm roads and beautiful native forest trails.

Quad Bike Forest Adventure

Upon arrival, receive your safety equipment and instructions regarding the operation of the quad bikes. Afterwards, practice your skills under the watchful eyes of the guides. Once everyone is up to speed, embark on your adventure on the one-hour circuit of around six kilometers of farm trails and beautiful native forest trails, under the expert guidance of the Adventure Park staff.


At the end of your experience, re-board your van and proceed for approximately 20-minute drive back to the pier.

Skywire Flying Fox Experience

Welcome to Nelson, consistently New Zealand's sunniest spot and home to three national parks, some of the world's finest hops, and a wide arrange of activities and adventure. Nelson is also home to the geographical centre of New Zealand.

Transfer to Cable Bay Adventure Park

Travel north, past the Nelson haven and the unique boulder bank to the Cable Bay Adventure Park and set off on a guided self-driving quad bike tour over farm roads and beautiful native forest trails. Upon arrival, start your adventure with short ride in one of our 4WD vehicles, passing through pristine native forest while your guides entertain you with facts about the park's diverse native environment, cultural aspects and stories.


Skywire - the World's Longest Flying-Fox Experience

Next, ride on the immensely popular Skywire - the longest flying-fox experience in the world at 3.2km for the return journey (1.6km in each direction). The Skywire seats up to four people at a time and reaches speeds of between 80-100km/hr. The ride is extremely smooth and with no motors driving the chair incredibly quiet with the just the wind in your ears - just like a flying experience. The ride includes 1km of gravity assisted speed in each direction with a further 600m of scenic chair lift ride up to the far end and then returning to the start point. The second half of the ride is backwards and this is often described as the highlight by many people. It is not an extreme ride like a skydive or bungy jump but still a good thrill for most with stunning views of the surrounding areas and over the pristine native forest.


At the end of your experience, re-board your van and proceed for approximately 20-minute drive back to the pier.

Waka Paddling & Maori Heritage

Immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience by paddling a Maori waka through some of the most sensational parts of New Zealand's spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.

Depart the pier for approximately 80-minute drive to Kaiteriteri where after your safety briefing you will embark on two-hour return haerenga (journey) along peaceful coastlines featuring golden sand beaches and vibrant native forest.

Waka (Māori canoes) are the living expression of a people who sailed the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years. As the only form of transport across oceans and waterways, waka were vital for travel and trade. The experience of this journey will connect you to this tradition as you learn about the tikanga (etiquette) associated with waka.

Paddle together towards the iconic Toka Ngawhā, also known as Split Apple Rock. You will be provided with a local refreshment and snack nearby.

Along the way learn about the beautiful Maori culture as you experience the empowerment that comes through working with a team. Our spoken blessings called karakia will provide spiritual protection for our voyage through this safe and stunning section of New Zealand.

In the afternoon experience a traditional welcome called a pōwhiri onto our local marae, meeting house. Learn about the special meanings behind each part of the ceremony and enjoy lunch before beginning your return journey to the port.

Truly a "must do" activity while visiting New Zealand!

The tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.