Centre of New Zealand, Nelson

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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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  • We actually started from the other side of the hill opposite the Founders Heritage Village. It is a much steeper and longer distance from this side, and probably more suited to those who have a good l...  read more »
  • It's a long and winding but well trod path to the top of Botanical Hill and the first geological marker placed in the South Island. Lovely panoramic views. Then race all the friendly pet dogs to the b...  read more »
  • Whether this is actually the centre of NZ is debatable depending on how you measure it, but it's a relatively easy hike with some decent views at the top. 
  • 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.
  • Easy walk - gorgeous views.
  • Lovely walks up to monument and then rewards of spectacular views over Nelson City and surrounds
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