Centre of New Zealand, Nelson

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Take a stroll along one of New Zealand's most popular walks at Centre of New Zealand. Begin at Hardy Street East for the full experience--including the Botanical Reserve that, in a past life, was the site of the country's first-ever rugby game. You'll head uphill to the summit, which benefits from interpretative panels identifying the features of Nelson's landscape as you gaze out at the panoramic views. Note that this isn't the actual geographical center of the country; the site's name comes from the process of mapping New Zealand in the 1870s, when John Spence Browning, Chief Surveyor of Nelson, was asked to begin the task of surveying the country's topography using geodetic trig points. Browning started by using the hilltop as the central point for his work. Our Nelson day trip planning app makes visiting Centre of New Zealand and other Nelson attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Combine this with a visit to the Anglican Cathedral to realise the significance of surveying. This is an easy walk up a decent track to give a good view for your effort. There is also a simple explana...  more »
  • It's not possible to say you have really visited New Zealand if you haven't yet made the trip to it's centre, in Nelson.What a rewarding trek uphill,to get the best sights! Well worth it for the magic...  more »
  • A way to enjoy the site around the Nelson Bay, the walk to top can be done in your own time no need to rush takes 20-25 minutes to walk to the top but will be worth it to seethe views.  more »
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  • If you want to get a good view of Nelson that's the right spot! And if you want to work out it's even better! 🚒
  • Relatively easy 15 minute walk, usually lots of dogs which is nice. Popular choice to see over the city and coastline of Nelson. Reccomend being up top to watch sunset.
  • Loved the walk and the view and the people and puppy's I net along the way 🙂🙂
  • Beautiful views all over. Especially seeing the mountains in the distance snow capped. Pictures never do it any justice.
  • Great view of Nelson region. Good walk up the hill to get there, even better going down. Couple paths to take and different things to see. Worth a trip if your in the area

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Nelson has the range of accommodations you would expect to find in a modern city in a great location. More upmarket hotels line the river and cluster in the city center. Budget-minded travelers will also find a number of hostels and motels here. On the outskirts of the city there are more motels, RV parks, and campsites, offering great options for those interested in outdoor excursions and city day trips.
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