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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Monument / Landmark
“Park at the i-site car park and enjoy a gentle walk along the Maitai river followed by a 20 minute uphill walk to the summit. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Cafe is lovely set on the outskirts of the gardens, there's a fantastic gift shop with a lot of local artists and potters work available for sale. The galleries are fantastic!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Looking for unique items of clothing, food, vegetable, cheese, bread and crafts and much more - Nelson market is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. Every Saturday morning from early until 1pm.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Museum
“Must do - museum of Wearable Art. See costumes from all the shows, from when it started back in the 1980's. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Beach
“Popular with locals and visitors to Nelson. Great swimming spot for families, kite surfing and paddle-boarding for the more adventurous (including hire facilities). Playground, bumper boats, hydro-slide, skate ramp, bbq areas, sports fields, tennis courts, Natureland, Cafe and ice cream stalls, model railway and a rolling skating rink! Something for eveyone.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Museum
“spend a few hours in peter Jackson inspired museum. come by brayshaw park train or by car. you won't regret visiting here.guided tours available at 10.30 and 2pm. you can visit anytime on your own. cost start at $20. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“This supermarket is five minutes in the car away and has everything you might need at very good prices. Fresh produce, meat and very good service.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of my favorite place for dinner. Excellent food, always a pleasure. Booking essential.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A long sandy ocean beach. This is a lovely place to go for a swim, picnic or BBQ (built- in but check fire risk). ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Museum
“A cool little museum out lining Nelson's and the areas local history, they often have amazing visiting exhibitions so look out for those too. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“Founders Heritage Park is a museum in Nelson, New Zealand, housing a number of groups with historical themes, including transport. A short heritage railway line is operated by the Nelson Railway Society. Several shops operate in the museum, selling bakery and other artisan foods, as well as locally-made arts & crafts”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“Quirky cafe in lovely garden. Food is delicious and there's lots for kids to do while you sit in the sun and enjoy your meal - from eel feeding, to exploring a maze, to climbing to the lookout of a pirate ship. Great fun for all the family. It does get busy during peak holiday periods. 15 mins from Hawkridge. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Housewares, clothing, food hall, supermarkets, book shop, gift shop, jewellery, shoes - all under one roof. If Mall shopping is your thing this is the place to be.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Sit, enjoy good food and watch the yachts at anchor as the tide moves in and out.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Beautiful spot on the wharf at Mapua with lovely views, great service and excellent food. There are some lovely shops and galleries in the area so it’s a nice spot to go for a wander around or a boat ride on the estuary.”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite place for dinner. Excellent food, always a pleasure. Booking essential.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Sit, enjoy good food and watch the yachts at anchor as the tide moves in and out.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our favorite, no bookings, so you may need to wait but no usually for too long. Its always humming and busy whatever night you go and the food is amazing. If you are looking for an experience this is the place to go. We recommend if possible to grab a seat along the bench by the open kitchen, you get to see what they do plus you may get an extra treat. Even the little dots of sauce on your plate burst with flavor. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Not just fish on the menu! Eat central Nelson, (next to the Cathedral steps). Recommended: the view down Trafalgar street from the upper steps.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best Vegetarian Restaurant in town! Ecclectic Decor and atmosphere to boot! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
“Locally brewed beer, can bring your own food (fish and chips or pizza), bar food and regular live bands”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“$$-$$$ Splendid food and service. Beautiful view (choose the upstairs seats by the window). A very reasonable price, considering the quality they offer. A hidden gem!”
  • 13 locals recommend

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