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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.
Place to eat
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafe
“Top tasty Indian, can eat in or takeaway, most affordable eat in restaurant with BYO, our choice for Takeaways. Best to ring ahead for takeaways as very popular, menu available on guest fridge.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The Sprig and Fern bars are fast becoming the place to go in the Top of the South, this is the closest. Well worth a visit if you like craft beer.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There are 2 supermarkets, plus fast food joints , pubs and main bus stop here.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Wednesday 8.30-1pm Small Farmers market, local arts and crafts and eateries.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nature
“If a peaceful walk in nature is what you love then please head here for an afternoon, and support the incredible work locals have done in fundraising for a predator proof fence to this area to help protect local flora and fauna. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Great fish shop, fresh off the boat each day. There's also restaurants and fish and chips shops nearby - it's right on the water.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“great location and fantastic service - look out for the friendly seal in the river at high tide ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafe
“A local favourite. Luncheons Wednesdays through Fridays, dinners Fridays. Often hosts live entertainment.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a lovely neighbourhood bar with a great atmosphere. Always my favourite for a pint. Food is really good too”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This wee restaurant is attached to Nelsons Cinema, so can add a movie too! Large Pizzas that you can also take away.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
“Our Airbnb- ROUTE 4: NELSON THE BROOK - It operates on ‘Wave and Pay’ (the bus picks you up at our Airbnb door and drops you back off at the door). The depot is 27 Bridge Street where you can connect with other routes. If you enjoy a stroll, a leisurely walk into town takes around 30 - 40 minutes. You can hire a bike in Nelson City and explore more of Nelson.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“It's very relaxed and comfortable and they serve delicious craft beer and Nelson wines.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Good sized supermarket 5 minutes walk away. There's also a New World supermarket in the same vicinity.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Best mountain biking trails in Nelson. Lovely well formed tracks with a variety of skill levels. Easy to rent a mountain bike in town. You can walk here too but be careful on the weekends as you’ll end up dodging a lot of cyclists ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Situated in the bar and cafe district of the City. A favourite with backpackers (no booking necessary) ”
  • 10 locals recommend