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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Nelson holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Centre of New Zealand and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I underestimated the hike up, it's short but pretty steep for someone like myself who hails from a flat city. That being said, I still coped just fine in jeans and toms, so it's not too intense. I hik...  more »
  • Nice to visit, takes about 15 minutes to get up there. But rewards with a really nice view! Wear sunscreen! 
  • through the cricket grounds and up the hill that really isn't the center of New Zealand but apparently close enough for government work. Fabulous views and friendly dog walkers. 
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  • A short but rather steep walk to the top. They explain why its called the centre of NZ although still feels a bit of a stretch. You get nice views of the surrounding area. Certainly somewhere to check out if you have an hour or 2 to spare.
  • Short climbing and amazing view. Overlooking whole town and the sea is breathtaking:)
  • A short climb to one of the best views in Nelson, leading to other trails and walkways. Nice to go running along if you enjoy trail running.
  • Great to see where the very first rugby game was played in New Zealand.
  • Easy walk - gorgeous views.