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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  • Cute place a 20-minute walk from the Centre of Nelson. Linda vista. It is not much more than 15 up.
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  • The walk was worth it, we had a good day and the view was good. A long walk, if you have bad hips don't go.  more »
  • We arrived atound 4 pm into to town and still had plenty of time to climb up to the center of New Zealand where there is a stunning view and make it back for a nice dinner!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Not accessible by road. Requires a walk up a steep pathway, which is pleasant enough. The views are lovely. It's a fun spot to visit because you are geographically in the centre of New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • Brilliant view over Nelson and the bay. Better bring a camera with proper panorama option. There's also a map showing what you can see on a clear day. Nice walk 20-30min uphill from the sports oval. Benches on the top for a little rest.
  • 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 and 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 cheat evening for the sunset. Not actually the actual physical centre but central in relation the the regions. All in all a good walk. ⛅️👍👌
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