Trip Planner: South Pacific / New Zealand / South Island / Nelson-Tasman Region / Nelson / Centre of New Zealand
Take a stroll along one of New Zealand's most popular walks at Centre of New Zealand. Begin at Hardy Street East for the full experience--including the Botanical Reserve that, in a past life, was the site of the country's first-ever rugby game. You'll head uphill to the summit, which benefits from interpretative panels identifying the features of Nelson's landscape as you gaze out at the panoramic views. Note that this isn't the actual geographical center of the country; the site's name comes from the process of mapping New Zealand in the 1870s, when John Spence Browning, Chief Surveyor of Nelson, was asked to begin the task of surveying the country's topography using geodetic trig points. Browning started by using the hilltop as the central point for his work. Our Nelson day trip planning app makes visiting Centre of New Zealand and other Nelson attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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It's a long and arduous climb to reach this viewpoint but well worth it, it has great views in all directions. more »
Good walk to a significant NZ location. Well used and maintained paths. Bit hard to find from CBD. Views at the top were excellent of Nelson and surrounding areas. Recommend visiting this location. more »
Nice walk, lots of signage and plenty to educate visitors about the history on the way. Beautiful views. We were lucky to be there the day before the Kite Festival so we got to see the practice run from the top of the hill.
Easy walking well maintained track. After visiting the top Centre Of NZ lookout, walk back down a little bit then you'll see the sign that shows the track to Miyazu Gardens. Stated time of 45 minutes can be done in 30 minutes. Tip for photographers - you'll get the best city view photos from along this track. Normal walking shoes is sufficient for any of these tracks. Enjoy 👍😀
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