Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Nelson

World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

Nelson is the birthplace of NZ's most inspiring fashion show, the annual World of WearableArt Awards. You can see 70 or so current and past entries in this museum's several sensory-overloading galleries, including a…
Top Choice Beach in Collingwood & Around

Farewell Spit

Bleak, exposed and positively sci-fi, Farewell Spit is a wetland of international importance and renowned bird sanctuary – the summer home of thousands of migratory waders, notably the godwit, Caspian tern and Austr…
Top Choice Museum in Blenheim

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

This exceptionally brilliant museum houses film-director Peter Jackson's collection of original and replica Great War aircraft, brought to life in a series of dioramas that depict dramatic wartime scenes, such as th…
Top Choice Seafood in Nelson

Cod & Lobster

Stellar cocktails and NZ's biggest selection of gin make Cod & Lobster's corner bar an essential destination, but this heritage space also serves up excellent food. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the main focus, so …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

Boat Shed Cafe

Look past the slightly odd location – the cafe's waterfront pavilion is reached by travelling through the Mapua Leisure Park – and focus on views of nearby Rabbit Island and a menu combining diverse international in…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Nelson

Hopgood’s

Tongue-and-groove-lined Hopgood’s is perfect for a romantic dinner or holiday treat. The food is decadent and skilfully prepared but unfussy, allowing quality local ingredients to shine. Try the duck breast with che…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Kaikoura

Green Dolphin

Kaikoura's consistent top-ender dishes up high-quality local produce including seafood, beef, lamb and venison. There are also lovely homemade pasta dishes. The hefty drinks list demands attention, featuring excitin…
Top Choice Cafe in Motueka

Toad Hall

This fantastic cafe serves excellent breakfast and lunch dishes (think potato hashcakes and pork-belly burgers). Also on offer are smoothies, juices, baked goods, pies and selected groceries. Look forward to live mu…
Top Choice Pub in Takaka

Mussel Inn

You will find one of NZ's most beloved brewery-taverns halfway between Takaka and Collingwood. The Mussel Inn is rustic NZ at its most genuine, complete with creaking timbers, a rambling beer garden with a brazier, …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Blenheim

Arbour

Located in the thick of Renwick wine country, this elegant restaurant offers ‘a taste of Marlborough’ by focusing on local produce fashioned into contemporary, crowd-pleasing dishes. Settle in for a three-, four- or…