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Tāhunanui is one of the suburbs of Nelson, New Zealand. It lies between Port Nelson and Nelson Airport and is the site of the main beach for Nelson with a shoreline on the Tasman Bay / Te Tai-o-Aorere.

The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "large sandbank" for Tāhunanui.


Tāhunanui Beach

Tāhunanui Beach is Nelson's main beach. It lies on the shore of Tasman Bay / Te Tai-o-Aorere on the northern edge of a peninsula which stretches west from Tāhunanui. The beach is notable for its long shallow slope, and for this reason is extremely popular with local swimmers, as the water is generally calm and warmed by the sun.

Oyster Island

Oyster Island is an island reserve located offshore from Tāhunanui.


Tāhunanui has several local parks: Annesbrook Youth Park, Bolt Reserve, Burrell Park, Centennial Park, Paddys Knob Reserve, Tāhunanui Recreation Reserve, Tasman Heights Reserve and Tosswill Reserve.

There is also an Airport Peninsula Esplanade on the way into Nelson Airport.


Tahunanui had a population of 2,100 at the 2013 New Zealand census, an increase of 99 people since the 2006 census. There were 1,041 males and 1,059 females. 86.8% were European/Pākehā, 15.4% were Māori, 2.1% were Pacific peoples and 4.9% were Asian.

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