Nelson is the geographical centre of New Zealand and surrounded by no less than 3 national parks. Many think it has the best climate too,and regularly tops the sunshine hours statistics. This tiny, but perfectly formed city has more than 350 working artists, sculptors and potters, so is an ideal place to chill and enjoy the cafes and galleries. The Abel Tasman Great Walk is nearby but Nelson’s 4km long stretch of golden sands at Tahunanui is hard to beat for scenery and serenity.

Free Activities

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      • Kaiteriteri Beach – Located on Kaiteriteri – Sandy Bay Road, this awesome beach has beautiful golden sands and safe swimming.
      • Kawatiri Railway – At the junction of SH6 and SH63, look out for the carpark by the old railway platform. There is a forty minute loop walk through forest and a display board with a bit of history about this railway.
      • Boulder Bank Spit – This natural spit of boulders is 13 km long and a return trip will take around 6 hours to complete but is well worth the effort to see the lighthouse building built in 1862. Drive to Boulder Bank Drive, off Atawhai Drive, SH6.

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      • Nelson Saturday Markets – Held in Montgomery Square, Saturday mornings from 8am to 1 pm. Great place to taste and stock up on the local produce and have a talk to the farmers and growers.
      • Nelson Botanic Reserve – There is a walking track around the reserve , and a few others that head off in different directions, including one that heads up the hill for great views of the city.

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 Useful Contacts

  • Emergency : Phone 111
  • Nelson Police: Phone (03) 546 3840
  • Nelson Hospital: Phone 03 546 1800
  • TravellingNZ : admin@travellingnz.com

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