Centre of New Zealand Walk

Nelson
All year round

The Centre of New Zealand is so named because it was a central survey point in the 1800s

Start the Botanical Hill walk at the reserve where the first ever rugby game was played in New Zealand. From here, there are a couple of options to take you to the top where you will enjoy spectacular views over Nelson Tasman. Inspect the native plants or catch your breath on the platform seating. From the summit, descend via one of Botanical Hill’s other tracks. Or you extend your walk further by heading down the eastern side toward Branford Park to the Black Hole swimming hole and return via the Maitai Track. In the summer, take your togs to go for a swim. The Centre of New Zealand walk is steep but short, and family friendly – the main track is suitable for sturdy prams and buggies.

Cost?

Free

For more info visit:

Centre of New Zealand Walk

Address

Hardy Street
Nelson

ACCESSIBILITY

Transport & Parking

5 min from anywhere in central Nelson. Botanical Hill is immediately east of the city centre. The main access points are Botanic Sports Field and Branford Park. There is plenty of parking around the edge of Botanic Sports Field, on both Milton Street and Hardy Street East. To access the hill from Maitai Valley, there are two car parks in Branford Park.

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