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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  • October 11, 2017
    Great short walk for the family, right in the heart of Nelson. We took Mr. 6 and Miss 4 up with us and they were able to walk the whole way. Lovely tree lined track up the hill, and a view over nelson...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Wear comfortable shoes, any reasonably fit person can do the walk. It is very popular at any time of year. Carry some water with you, there is none on the track. Great views across the city, the port,...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    The views are to die for, really spectacular and the blue, blue vistas are healing to the soul Only trouble is it is very very steep up a zig zag path. You can stop on the way to catch your breath but...  more »
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  • September 7, 2017
    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! 🚒
  • September 19, 2017
    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.
  • September 10, 2017
    Loved the walk and the view and the people and puppy's I net along the way 🙂🙂
  • July 5, 2017
    Beautiful views all over. Especially seeing the mountains in the distance snow capped. Pictures never do it any justice.
  • March 18, 2017
    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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