Centre of New Zealand, Nelson
(4.4/5 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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  • The view is great in the day but better at night. The harbour and all that surrounds her. A great walk and plenty of Nelson to see 
  • the center of New Zealand walk starts at the botanic gardens where the first rugby game was played in Nelson. It take about half an hour at a steady pace with stops to admire the view and for some of ...  more »
  • An excellent walk (albeit not a gentle stroll in the park) and great views of Nelson from the top. A great way to stretch your legs for half an hour. Lovely bush walk. 
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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.