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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
“Walk via the Grampians Reserve track or along Waimea Rd into town. Great views over the city from the platform. This is a MUST do for everyone visiting Nelson.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A collection of Nelson art and craft along with international exhibitions. Great little Cafe too. Situated beside Queens Gardens, a lovely place to walk through.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Beach
“Lovely beach with a fantastic view and so much going on. Kite surfing, SUP, swim, boogie board or sunbathe. Your choice. A definite trip while your here. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Flea Market
“An absolute must on your Saturday morning! Many local stalls full of fresh produce and local delicacies. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum boasts a unique collection of wearable art costumes and also a huge number of classic cars. Ideal for visiting on a wet day (which you won't experience, of course).”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fantastic view from the deck of the waterfront, and tasty food. Open all day. You may have to book for evenings during the busy periods. ”
  • 42 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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“Delicious food, elegantly served. Service is 10/10. Well deserved accolades. Book yourself a treat! ”
  • 30 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
Cafe
“Situated in what was a garden centre back in the 1970's and 80's, most of the cafe is in an enclosed courtyard with some inside tables in a cosy space next to the counter and kitchens. I love Deville's atmosphere - all kinds of Nelsonians and tourists come in for a coffee and their excellent food. Their date scones are big, full of dates and delicious, especially if you come in early when they are just out of the oven. Another favourite is the Caesar Salad. It is occasionally also a music venue at night. Deville can't be beaten as one of Nelsons many gems.”
  • 30 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
Entertainment
“Local craft brews in the church! Latest cool development to sit out with heated rail under the table and radiators above for cold nights.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Best little local supermarket. They play choice music and have an amazing selection of foods, plus they are completely plastic free - so let me know if you need to borrow a bag!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Excellent food for sharing along with excellent service. A fun, noisy restaurant!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in town - order the 'Stacked As' and you won't regret it!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Not just fish on the menu! Eat central Nelson, (next to the Cathedral steps). Recommended: the view down Trafalgar street from the upper steps.”
  • 21 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Fantastic view from the deck of the waterfront, and tasty food. Open all day. You may have to book for evenings during the busy periods. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious food, elegantly served. Service is 10/10. Well deserved accolades. Book yourself a treat! ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent food for sharing along with excellent service. A fun, noisy restaurant!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in town - order the 'Stacked As' and you won't regret it!”
  • 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.”
  • 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!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Short bike ride from Nelson, great food and beverage and an awesome spot. Wakefield Quay. lots to see. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Friends have recommended and it is just a short ebike ride from town? Thai with a twist. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

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