our story

Nelson Tours and Travel is 100% kiwi owned and operated by husband and wife team Helen & CJ Power. With 17 years experience in local tourism and many friends in the industry you are guaranteed an experience like no other. Your guide CJ is a musician & DJ (CJ might play you some tunes on tour), photographer, hobby wine maker, basketball player, snowboarder and All Blacks fan. We are both world traveled and in 2019 we were lucky enough to travel to Dubai, Italy, Czech Republic and Australia, were we went on wine tours in Tuscany Italy and wine festivals in Czech Republic. We have also extensively traveled New Zealand and can recommend many tours and activities or places to stay.

CJ began his tourism training at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in 2004 in the Diploma of Adventure Tourism where he learned the art of tour guiding, after that CJ worked as a ski field shuttle driver, skydive assistant ground crew/driver, paintball instructor, quad bike guide and in vineyards working side by side with winery owners and harvest people gaining knowledge of the wine industry. Though interpretation and together with his friendly, relaxed and energetic outgoing nature CJ can offer a very entertaining experience exploring the top of the South Island.


Helen holds a Diploma in Tourism Management and has seven years experience in the tourism industry, including four years as a Travel Consultant at the Nelson i-Site Visitor Information Centre.  She is now embarking on a new career as a Naturopath and assists CJ in managing the business.

We are proud to be Qualmark Silver. We have donated to The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary over the years and have a fence post plaque in zone 1 of the sanctuary, currently we are involved with Trees That Count. We have started a tree registry where our customers can donate from $10 NZD to plant a native New Zealand tree.  Also all of our brochures are printed on Eco 120 recycled paper. We recycle and educate our visitors on the importance of being a “tidy Kiwi”. We sometimes visit organic vineyards and discuss the process these operators need to go through to achieve their organic status.

CJ is also registered with a level 2 first aid certificate and carries a full first aid kit in the vehicle.