The perfect holiday retreat is at Tahunanui Beach

On Tasman Bay on the northern coast of the South Island of New Zealand sits the resort town of Nelson. The delightfully serene Tahunanui Beach is the ideal place to spend a holiday in Nelson. Tahunanui Beach is a holiday paradise that’s ideal for all types of travellers. You and your friends can catch the surf in the warm waters on an extended weekend holiday, while couples can enjoy the beautiful scenery to rekindle romantic flames, and families can relax and have fun enjoying the beach and the go-at-your-own-pace atmosphere. Your holiday fun starts at Tahunanui Beach.

Things to do in Nelson

With multiple art festivals, sprawling family-friendly beaches, and mountains surrounding the majority of the horizon, Nelson has the activities and natural wonder to attract visitors again and again. The most popular destinations in Nelson are Tahunanui Beach and the Centre of New Zealand hiking and vista point, which shows that Nelson is all about the enjoyment of the outdoors. Nelson is also a popular spot for getting out and enjoying the water, whether to surf, paddleboard, kitesurf, kayak or snorkel. You'll find a range of activities for all skill levels, including mild hikes that are perfect for children's little legs or a baby pushchair

Tahunanui Beach for water fun with the kids

The main beach in Nelson is Tahunanui Beach. When you step foot on the hectares of soft, golden sand that stretch as far as the eye can see, you’ll know why the summer go-to spot is Tahunanui Beach. Perfect for families and beach enthusiasts, Tahunanui Beach has a wide range of family and adventure activities on the water and the surrounding beachfront. The shallow gradient of the water means Tahunanui Beach is ideal for safe swimming for the little ones and taking a long stroll as the water gently splashes onto your ankles.

Centre of New Zealand for adventure hikes

Just outside the city centre of Nelson is the scenic lookout point known as the Centre of New Zealand Monument. Atop the lookout is a historic survey needle sculpture, which makes for a nice reward in addition to the pristine views atop the mound that surround you in all directions. The hike is not a mere walk up a few steps, but the moderate climb is well worth it for active families and those who love nature and enjoy a bit of effort.

A day on the water with the family

Tahunanui Beach and the other coastal areas in Nelson make for great spots to get out and enjoy the water. Tasman Bay has year-round temperate water, which means year-round kayaking, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, surfing, sailing, scenic cruises, snorkelling and swimming. There is no shortage of fun on the water when you are spending the holiday in Nelson, especially if you like the adrenaline rush or want to enjoy some thrills with the kids.

Nelson accommodation

You will likely want your Nelson visit to be more than a day trip, so you’ll want to think about the right accommodation. Thankfully, because Nelson is so accustomed to serving travellers, you will find a wide range of accommodation that will suit your needs and budget. Holiday homes are a popular choice for large groups and families with children who want extra space, whether near Tahunanui Beach or more inland toward the mountains. There are multiple-bedroom apartments that are best suited for a family, beachside bungalows for smaller families or a holiday with friends, and everything in between.

Nelson family holiday homes

The extensive selection of family holiday homes in Nelson is indicative of the fun and relaxation you can have on a holiday on the beaches of Nelson. Popular choices include holiday lettings that are family- and bicycle-friendly and within walking distance of the beach so you can spend time playing with the kids on the sand. When Nelson captures your interest as it does with most visitors, you may be interested in a long-term stay, so don’t forget to check out some of the more indulgent options of luxury holiday homes. A great option for a family stay is an intimate hideaway that sleeps 10 and includes family features like a children's den with media and toys and games, a saltwater pool and resident sheep that love attention and hand feeding.

Tahunanui Beach accommodation

When you come to Nelson for the coastal views, relaxation and adventure of Tahunanui Beach, you’ll want accommodation that gets you close to the sights and sounds of the Tasman Bay. Beachside villas, bungalows, apartments and holiday homes dot the landscape surrounding the beach, and thanks to the lack of high-rises, the views are spectacular even if not directly on the shoreline.. You'll have a range of options to choose from, including beachfront family homes and bungalows that provide all the space you need, romantic waterfront villas and swanky apartments near the shore. If you're planning a family reunion or travelling with several families, the Appleby House offers space for 12 guests in 5 bedrooms and additional huts on the property, as well as amenities like laundry and an outdoor fire and grill area.