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Best things to do in Nelson

Monument / Landmark
“Centre of NZ Walk is a five minutes walk from the City Centre Take a track from the Botanical Gardens for a 20 min walk to the geographical Centre of New Zealand, marked with a spectacular view over the Nelson City and Port. https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/centre-of-new-zealand-walk/ ”
71 locals recommend
Beach
“If you want a break from the Golden Sands then cruise over to Tahunanui Beach for the day. Enjoy open spaces, a little zoo and playgrounds for the children.”
52 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!”
43 locals recommend
Flea Market
“If you are in Nelson on a Saturday it is an absolute must that you visit the heart of the City and take a look through the Arts and Crafts Market. The size of a carpark it has an assortment of tasty food stalls and great gifts to take home to loved ones. https://www.nelsonmarket.co.nz”
54 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum boasts finalist garments from the World of Wearable Arts Show, accompanied by a Classic Car Museum, popular cafe and giftware store. A great option for a few hours or on a rainy day, of which there are very few in Nelson! https://www.wowcars.co.nz ”
37 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.”
18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nice fresh quality ingredients, clean flavors, neatly plated food, great atmosphere.”
27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
41 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
“lots of the original houses arround Nelson have been relocated here, complete with a working Train station, comprehensive information, a great place to understand Nelsons history”
24 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is a cafe, bar, restaurant. Again a snuggly little indoor out door space perfect for late night dancing, excellent food , good selection of food. Only hosting top notch musicians and entertainment. http://www.devillecafe.co.nz ”
31 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
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
Establishment
“Large selection of craft beers, great hot chips, cool outdoor setting or cool indoor setting as the bar is a former chapel. ”
22 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