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Nelson Private Tours

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A warm welcome to New Zealand's spectacular Nelson region, perched on the sunny Northern Coast of the South Island. Whether you plan to visit the local artist community or drink in the golden beaches in Abel Tasman National Park, a private Nelson tour will ensure you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of the world.

Meet your guide in the town of Nelson and choose to either set off an outdoor adventure right away, or perhaps take a look at some of the local work on display at Nelson's various art galleries. Out of town, the opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming - you name it - are boundless. Your guide can take you up to the top of Takaka Hill for stunning views of Golden Bay and a picnic in the forest. And for Lord of The Rings fans, get a peak at some of the locations used in filming the Trilogy.

Your local guide is a friendly, knowledgeable and, above all, accommodating New Zealander who will customize the perfect private Nelson tour just for you!
Tour Guide Legal Requirements
In New Zealand there is no requirement for a guide to have a license to give tours.

However, if the tour guide is also the driver, then they are required to hold a Passenger Service License and have a Private Hire Registration.

The driver must hold a Passenger Endorsement and must also complete a log book, and must record all work time. Drivers must not exceed the allowable work time.

The vehicle must hold a Certificate of fitness (CoF)

Some rental vehicles are not suitable as Passenger Service vehicles due to the narrow aisle space, seating arrangements and lack of cargo barriers. Most rental company contracts forbid the vehicle being used in a passenger service. report error

All ToursByLocals guides have met our ToursByLocals Guide Requirements which includes warranting that they can legally give the tours they offer.

Nelson Food and Wine Tours

Nelson tours Food and Wine Private Tours Picton/ Nelson/ Blenheim Full Day Excursion
Discover the secrets of the Top of the South Island with a knowledgeable local guide.
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Nelson Cultural Tours

Nelson tours Cultural Private Tours Picton/ Nelson/ Blenheim Full Day Excursion
Discover the secrets of the Top of the South Island with a knowledgeable local guide.
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Nelson Shore Excursion Tours

Nelson tours Shore Excursion Private Tours Picton/ Nelson/ Blenheim Full Day Excursion
Discover the secrets of the Top of the South Island with a knowledgeable local guide.
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Tour in Picton, New Zealand:
"We had a really nice day and Jennifer is an excellent guide, we would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area."
John Fowkes - Feb, 2012   [view guide page]
Tour in Picton, New Zealand:
"Thanks Jennifer, we enjoyed our visit with you. Joe"
Joe Hall - Jan, 2013   [view tour]
Tour in Picton, New Zealand:
"Jennifer did a great job with the limited time we had. She was very knowledgeable and personable. I would call on her a,..." [more]
David Winkler - Jan, 2014   [view tour]
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  • Go at your own pace. See as much as you can or slow things down to a saunter. With your private guide, your day is flexible.
  • Benefit from a local's knowledge. Access more intimate, out of the way spots that have never seen a bus tour.
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