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Things to do in Nelson

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
“The Centre of New Zealand, on Botanical Hill at the start of the Maitai Valley, is an iconic walk in Nelson Tasman.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great to visit for art or simply enjoying a drink at the cafe, with a beautiful view on queen's garden. You can then go for a little walk. Popular sit to visit, especially on a sunny day. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Beach
“Tahunanui Beach is the main beach in the city of Nelson. Expansive local beach with wide sandy expanses, a picturesque winding coastline & a playground. A lovely walk.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Get a taste of what Nelson can produce locally. Food, Arts and Crafts all on display. take home something from our region that is often awarded the most sunniest place in New Zealand. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Museum
“The birth place of the World of Wearable Art. You will see some historic peices that have beeen created for this show over the years. It is also in conjunction with the Classic Car Museum. Perfect for those who like to see a bit of history ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Water front dining at its best. Beautiful views out to the Cut, amazing seafood.”
  • 44 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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“Upmarket dining that you will pay a bit more for, but the food, atmosphere and service makes it worth it.”
  • 32 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
“Delicious brunch and lunch options set in a lovely garden or cosy cushioned bench seating. This is my favourite spot to go on a sunny day for yummy food. About a 18min walk”
  • 32 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.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Great place for local beers, relaxed atmosphere, lots of outdoor seating, and bring or order in your takeaway!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“our best local supermarket with lots of fresh, local organic food and veg plus all the essentials - and a great wine and beer selection!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“my person favourite place to eat. no bookings just turn up. modern style awesome food. if just one or two of you there is a chef's bar to sit at and just watch the chef's do their thing. ”
  • 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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“Superb menu if seafood is your thing. They have a world class Gin Bar - so try a cocktail! Eat in or outside on the Square.”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Water front dining at its best. Beautiful views out to the Cut, amazing seafood.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Upmarket dining that you will pay a bit more for, but the food, atmosphere and service makes it worth it.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“my person favourite place to eat. no bookings just turn up. modern style awesome food. if just one or two of you there is a chef's bar to sit at and just watch the chef's do their thing. ”
  • 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
“Superb menu if seafood is your thing. They have a world class Gin Bar - so try a cocktail! Eat in or outside on the Square.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Date night at The Harbour Light! If you want to spoil your other half or just yourself even, this is the place to do it. Ocean views and up market menu.. And only a 15 min walk home ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Short bike ride from Nelson, great food and beverage and an awesome spot. Wakefield Quay. lots to see. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Friends have recommended and it is just a short ebike ride from town? Thai with a twist. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

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