Get Outdoors Week | Top Spots in Tasman with Nathan Fa’avae

NZ Mountain Safety
Nov 7 · 3 min read

In preparation for Get Outdoors Week, from 16–24 November, the team at the NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) have invited a range of guest contributors to share some of their favourite outdoor locations and adventures around Aotearoa. These spots will highlight just a few of the amazing places you could explore during the week (or this summer), and don’t forget to share your adventures on social media using #GoWeekNZ and be in to win prizes!

Nathan Fa’avae, six times adventure racing world champion and father of three little adventurers, shares his top 5 spots for family adventures in Tasman:

Thanks to Nathan for sharing his family-friendly tricks and top spots

1. Pikikirunga/Canaan Downs — as you head over Takaka Hill don’t miss the chance to explore this mountain biking paradise! With tracks for all difficulty levels this is sure to be a great day out.

2. Whariwharangi Bay — at the northern end of the stunning Abel Tasman National Park sits this beachside paradise. With walk or boat only access you’ll be amongst some of nature’s best. Ideal for sea kayaking, beach camping and walking. This would be a family holiday you won’t forget!

3. Lake Sylvester Kahurangi National Park never fails to amaze, and this location is a great option for an overnight trip into the Park, if you don’t mind a little walking uphill. Lake Sylvester Hut is 2hrs walk one-way, accessed via Cobb Dam, and the lake is a further 30minutes beyond.

4. Motueka River Right Branch — situated between Wakefield and St Arnaud the southern end of the Motueka Gorge Route provides a hidden gem suitable for tramping and swimming.

5. Pearse Valley/Pearse River just north east of Mr Arthur the Pearse River and valley track provide an exciting challenge, and a perfect place to take a dip on those hot summer days. It can be difficult to access so a 4WD is recommended.

For more helpful guidance and free resources for planning a family outdoor adventure check out:

1. Plan My Trip; a free online planning tool

2. Get Outdoors Videos; bringing the fun to how-to videos

3. Day Walking eTool; All you need to know in 15 minutes

For more helpful information and resources head to or, and don’t’ forget to share your Get Outdoors Week adventure to be in to win!

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