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Best things to do in Nelson

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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
Beach
“Lovely local beach (half is dog-friendly all year!). Plenty to do for kids too.”
47 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Nelson market is a major attraction. All produce must be Nelson area made or grown. Saturday 8-12 Try the dutch apple donuts. Wow!!!”
53 locals recommend
Museum
“View all the creative master pieces from past Wearable Art events along with some classic cars. ”
34 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
Restaurant
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“Nice fresh quality ingredients, clean flavors, neatly plated food, great atmosphere.”
26 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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“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
39 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
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
Restaurant
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“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. ”
29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best Vegetarian Restaurant in town! Ecclectic Decor and atmosphere to boot! ”
27 locals recommend
Establishment
“My partner Steve’s favourite pub. Best on a day with good weather as the outside seating area is fantastic. Otherwise very cosy inside the the small converted church. Always has good music playing. The orange Indian restaurant directly across the road will deliver food to this pub too (locals tip)”
24 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!”
19 locals recommend
Park
“How many city parks have mature giant Sequoias, a formal Victorian rose garden, goose and duck ponds, and a contemplative Chinese garden all rolled into a square block? Some of the plantings date back to the early days of Nelson, including a magnificent Bunya Bunya tree that dominates. Take a quick or leisurely stroll, and all your cares will melt away.”
14 locals recommend