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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  • The centre of New Zealand - not sure I'm convinced! Quite a steep walk up, but the views are fabulous when you get there and the bonus.... it's all down hill from the top!  more »
  • Me and my husband had heard about the monument for the centre of New Zealand in Nelson and wanted to visit. We hadn’t anticipated the steep hill walk, but it was no more than 20 mins of walking to get...  more »
  • It’s a relatively easy walk uphill to get a very nice view over Nelson. Although it’s quite steep nobody should have troubles walking this track  more »
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  • Good hike and great views of Nelson! There is a car park at the bottom of the hill. The walk up is a well trodden track but unfinished. Wear sensible shoes for the best experience. When we went there were a lot of leaves covering the pathway so could be a little slippery if wet. Worth a visit!
  • So the walk is definitely 20 minutes if you choose the shorter walking track (solid yellow). It’s not particularly easy, in fact quite steep. You may want a breather halfway up but there are a few benches on the way so that should be fine. Not a lot at the top, a thing to read and a Trig point, but the view is amazing and would be better on a clear evening for the sunset. Not actually the geographical centre but central in relation the the regions. All in all a good walk. ⛅️👍👌
  • I'm more of a biker than a walker. Nice walk. Very international crowd. People were really friendly. But of a queue for iconic selfies... But really. Great view.
  • This is the centre of New Zealand and it is a lovely walk with excellent views over Nelson. There are multiple tracks that can be taken to get to the top, each one of them winding their way up through native trees. The most direct route takes about 10 to 15 minutes but there are easier options that can take around 20 minutes. Once at the top you can look out over Tasman Bay and toward the Southern Alps and out to the Abel Tasman national park. If you are visiting Nelson this really is a must do.
  • Road side free parking around the Botanical Sports field and then a 20 minute walk up to the trig point. The path is well formed, gravel at first but tarmac near the top. Well sign posted so you can't get lost. Great views from the top.
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