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9 inspiring reasons to linger in the Tasman Village

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@Through the lens in Tasman

A hidden treasure, Tasman Village, Nelson. A place that is quickly passed on the way to the glittering gold sands of Kaiteriteri beaches. Ruby Bay Coast and the Tasman Bay Village is a gem worth a day or two taking the slow lane to explore the byways of art and food experiences against the backdrop of the Tasman ocean. Tasman Village is one of a thread of settlements worth exploring. For further details check out towns in the Nelson Tasman region.



A selfie of the stainless steel sculpture has been installed near the Tasman Village turnoff on Aporo Road. It is 9 metre high, constructed of recycled stainless steel with silhouette cutouts of birds found in the Moutere Inlet.

There is also an information panel to learn about the local bird-life and acknowledge major sponsors.

A great place for cyclists to catch their breath, a photo moment of estuarine landscape and a reason to turn off on to the Ruby Coast Scenic Drive For details about the sculpture Ruby Coast Initiative Group sculpture installation.


One of the best websites for stunning photography is the Facebook page of area.

Through the Lens in Tasman — inspiring visitors to stop, stay awhile and absorb the energy of the landscape.

There is beauty in the ordinary and the lens of Tasman illustrates this to perfection.

@Through the lens in Tasman
@Through the lens in Tasman


Jester House cafe, is an original with the wacky made for the holiday spirit. There are plenty of distractions for kids together with a menu that caters for any requirement.

A place where you are encouraged to laugh and enjoy the moment. Remember to check out the library while you linger. Perhaps you have spoilt yourself and booked into the Boot for your overnight accommodation.

Perfect time guaranteed.


Kina Beach Reserve is perhaps considered the ugly duckingly of beaches in the golden swath of gittering Tasman Bay yet the tidal shelled beach is a treasure trove of driftwood, rock pools and cockles to be found at low tide.

Indulge your toes in burrowing into the sand as you walk bare feet across the tidal flats. The beach is alive with shorebirds. You will not be crowded with barely anyone frequenting the reserve.

The ebbing tide is the best time to visit.

Kina Beach Reserve, New Zealand @Kina Beach Camp
@Kina Beach Camp


Well known artists call the area home, from Steve Fullmer (potter), Steve Fullmer | “I made the decision years ago that the most intimate objects we live with are the vessels we eat and drink from, and have slowly collected bowls, cups and a beloved tea pot made by Steve… which I use and enjoy every day. Thank you.” with his domestic ware the unmistakable Fullmer stamp of shadowed faces, echoes of time and space and the whimsical. Daryl Frost and his wood fired ceramics, quirky garden and welcoming gallery is a place to linger while taking in theimaginative circles of life framing the expansive ocean views Frost & Fire Art Gallery Tasman, Nelson | Darryl Frost | Ceramic Art | New Zealand. Then there is Sue Newitt – Potter with her bright New Zealand inspired palate of green adding luster to the functional form of a jug. Tasman Village, on the Ruby Bay Coast is a treasure house of artists where the day can quickly fade into the night as you browse among the places creators call home. To extend your holiday into a week or more, tempt yourself browsing About us – Ruby Coast Arts with a guide to the local art trail, open year round.


Tasman Village General Store is one of the best coffee outlets in New Zealand. You are spoiled with freshly roasted beans for your brew. There is care and attention to detail that adds new meaning to the word convenience store. And you must bite into a biscuit labelled cyclist slice. A wholesome baked goodness, to keep visitors on their toes or bikes. Did we mention the cheese scones, sit outside and watch the world go past with your coffee and scone. The Tasman General Store –  is worth a look just to check out what deliciousness is in store on your weekend in Nelson.



The best place to be introduced to the game of golf must be Tasman Village golf course.

It is located on the top of cliffs spanning the sky and ocean.

Don’t worry if you are not really good at golf look at the views instead.


There is even a vineyard, the Kina Beach Vineyard for a vineyard with panoramic views as a backdrop. The grapes are reflect the micro-terroir of the region and you get to immerse yourself in a privately owned family winery single estate charodonny


STAY a few nights in Tasman with choices ranging from The Boot B&B at Jester House fairy tale accommodation to The Old Schoolhouse at Kina Beach Vineyard is all about opulence while Aroha Cottage is home comforts. Then there down to earth practical camping at the Kina Beach Reserve. There is even an outdoor bathtub at the beach front for an open air ocean spa. The maximum stay is four nights, basic camping with Kina Recreation Reserve with toilets and picnic tables. A private boutique camping ground with baches for those who want a roof is Helme Holiday opposite the reserve.

Getting there


History of Kina Reserve

The area was designated as a reserve in 1915 and held in trust as reserve land until 1960 when it transferred to the Crown. The reserve was then vested in the Tasman District Council in 1989.The reserve is a strip of land bordered to the west by Cliff Road, to the north by a residential section, and to the west by the sea. An area of land bordering the reserve to the south contains the site of a Maori pa. NELSON RESERVES AND KEY LOCATIONS

Parks and reserves map. Much of the reserve is low lying, covering vegetated beach gravel, and a small part of the has a raised terrace. Parts of the reserve are subject to flooding, and to coastal erosion during storms. A small remnant of mahoe-ngaio forest is present. Other parts of the reserve are planted with ngaio, akeake, akiraho, and other native species, providing good shelter for recreation.Facilities within the reserve include picnic tables, concrete fireplaces, toilets, a well and water supply

The journey is worth it.

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