Nelson & Abel Tasman Sailing Grounds, New Zealand

New Zealand Sailing grounds - Learn to Sail

NZ Sailing School - Sailing Grounds

From our base in the Nelson Marina we sail down the Nelson harbour, past the unique stone Boulder Bank with its old lighthouse, then out through the harbour entrance that is locally known as The Cut and into Tasman Bay.

Tasman Bay is surrounded by mountains which creates summer sea and land breezes. This, combined with Nelson's record sunshine hours, ensures your best chance of fine weather in New Zealand.

The shores of Tasman Bay include the Mapua Estuary with its fine restaurants, Abel Tasman National Park with lush vegetation, the golden beaches of Golden Bay and the wilderness of D'Urville Island.

Astrolabe roadstead in the Abel Tasman National Park has the largest rise and fall of tide in New Zealand and French Pass at D'Urville Island has New Zealand's strongest tidal race.

The combination of these attributes gives pleasurable sailing in beautiful landscapes whilst allowing you to hone your skills of tidal navigation and the opportunity to experience entering small tidal harbours.

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