Boldly Go! | Nelson and Tasman

We are blessed in the Nelson and Tasman region to have some of the most incredible and stunning wedding location in New Zealand. Most of these locations are based in New Zealand’s National Parks and in the Nelson and Tasman region we have three; The Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes but beyond this we have many other special variations and private property. To hold an event using commercial operators in theses national park wedding locations you need to use a manager with the Department of Conservation Permits (Concessions) allowing them to bring in commercial products and services.

Check out a selection of The Dream Makers most popular locations for couples looking to leave the hustle and bustle of wedding tradition and enjoy a day to themselves or a small group of friends and family.

The Tonga Arches are situated in The Abel Tasman within the marine reserve. There is no track to the beach, so access is by boat only with tides at times allowing Kayaks to paddle through. This offers a simple celebration and in this case we combined a kayaking experience to Tonga Island to see the New Zealand Fur Seals and up to Awaroa for a specially prepared celebration picnic.

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Split Apple Rock is a natural miracle nestled at the gate way of the Abel Tasman, there is road access but a moderately accessible track to the beach and steep in places. The rock is visited by 1000’s of visitors every year and the back drop is perfect for those cementing their relationship in marriage. Other access is by boat or on a good low tide helicopter.


Fisherman’s Island is the first and smaller island in The Abel Tasman and very popular with the locals and visitors alike. There is boat access only. Department of Conservation allow up to 16 people on the beach for an event, so its perfect for the boutique occasion. There are lots of great photographic back drops and perfect native bush for shad.


Adele is the next Island from the south end near Kaiteriteri and is popular for its spit as seen in the picture below. This can only be seen during certain tides. The island can only be accessed by boat and Department of Conservation allows up to 16 people at a time on the island for an event. This island is significant for lots of reasons but mainly that it is a safe haven for bird life being managed by The Birdsong Trust.

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This beach is one of the most popular in Golden Bay for special events due to its incredible vista. Its got walking track access which can take 30 minutes or we can take you there in a Helicopter. Its perfect for a marriage proposal or small boutique wedding ceremony and we have been known to visit for the location photo shoot.

To see five more GORGEOUS locations in Nelson and Tasman, New Zealand take a look at The Dream Maker’s 10 STUNNING WEDDING LOCATIONS IN NELSON / TASMAN NEW ZEALAND!

A Special Thanks To:
The Dream Makers // Celebrant and Event Manger and Guest Blogger
Terri Everett, Sophie Holt, Sandra Johnson, Cory Griffith, All Photography, Nelson Wedding Photography, Snap Photography, and Eyecloud Aerial for their beautiful photography.


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