Of course, as your last stop, Nelson has all the beauty you’d expect from New Zealand – golden beaches, untouched forests, and rugged mountains. But Nelson isn’t just a feast for the eyes. It’s also a hotspot for creativity. You’ll find artists and galleries at every corner, craft markets buzzing with activity, and local artisan products that are simply out of this world.
Yearning for some outdoor adventures? You can stroll along the beach, kayak around the coast, or bike through some stunning trails. And let’s not forget about the food. Nelson Bay scallops are famous for a reason, and they’re the perfect way to end your day.
Sightseeing #1: Centre of New Zealand Monument
Want to feel at the centre of it all? There’s a spot on Botanical Hill where you can do just that. It’s a hike that’s not too hard on the legs, about 15 minutes, and the views of Nelson Tasman from the top are absolutely worth it. Trust us, you’ll want to take a moment in one of the seating areas to soak it all in. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are other trails and gardens begging to be explored.
Sightseeing #2: Queen’s Gardens
Now, let’s talk about a place where time seems to pause – and no, it’s not Abel Tasman National Park nor Nelson Lakes National Park, as they are too far for your detour. We’re talking about Queen’s Gardens, just a short 15-minute walk from the Nelson city centre. This Victorian-era park is like stepping into a beautiful history book. You’ll find everything from a rose garden to a water wheel, memorial structures, sculptures, and bridges. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic or a lazy afternoon feeding ducks.