Sports and the Outdoors
Happy Valley Adventures—4WD Motorbikes and SkyWire. There's a ton of fun on this 1,600-acre farm just 10 minutes' drive from Nelson city, where the stock maybe play second fiddle to everything else going on: Quad bikes and reportedly the world's longest flying fox (zipline), for starters. Hop on a quad bike and climb a bush-lined track for 14 exciting km (8½ miles) before breaking out into the open to admire the ocean view across Delaware Bay. If the quad is not your thing, take the 4WD van tour. They also do a Tour of Discovery with a local guide explaining the culture and history of the land you cross. The Skywire—a mile-long zipline—takes you zooming across a forest-filled gully. If something more grounded is for you try a horse trek for some stunning views and steep trails. And if all that's not enough, they also offer paintball. Whatever you do you'll build up an appetite, so replenish in the Base Cafe. 194 Cable Bay Rd., 15-min drive north of Nelson, Nelson, Nelson, 7071. 03/545–0304; www.happyvalleyadventures.co.nz.