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Tasman District covers 9,786 sq km at the top western corner of the South Island where there is abundant bird life, golden sandy beaches and good fishing. Mount Arthur is known for its extensive limestone cave networks, notably Nettlebed Cave in the Kahurangi National Park, which is New Zealand's deepest cave at 889m. Nettlebed Cave has over 24km of passages on different levels. If you're game enough to go underground, it will take you two days to explore, which includes a sleepover in one of the underground chambers.
The Nelson Lakes National Park is a Tasman 'Must-Do.' Fringed by steep mountains, beautiful Rotoroa and Totoiti lakes form the heart of this 102,000 hectare national park. There are numerous opportunities for photos, as well as easy lakeside walking tracks and challenging alpine hikes for the more adventurous.
Before you leave the Tasman, visit the native and exotic animals at Nelson's Naturland Zoo and wildlife conservation centre. See the antics of mischievious monkeys and busy meerkats, view stunning natives such as kereru, tui, geckos, kea as well as the ancient tuatara. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch with the domesticated sheep, goats and deer while you enjoy the peaceful setting.