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Things to do in Nelson

Nelson offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. See the most popular attractions below!


Nelson Provincial Muesum

The Nelson Provincial Museum, also known as Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao, is a significant cultural institution in the Nelson and Tasman regions of New Zealand. As the guardian (kaitiaki) of social and natural history, the museum houses an extensive collection that reflects the region's social history and New Zealand's development.


Natureland Wildlife Trust

Natureland Wildlife Trust, located near Tahunanui Beach in Nelson, New Zealand, is a community-focused conservation charity and wildlife center. It's a place where visitors can get up close and personal with native, exotic, and domestic animals in a family-friendly environment.


World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars

The World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum in Nelson, New Zealand, is a unique attraction that combines fashion and automotive artistry. It's a place where creativity knows no bounds, and visitors are treated to a visual feast.


Centre of New Zealand Monument

The Centre of New Zealand Monument, situated on Botanical Hill at the start of the Maitai Valley in Nelson, is an iconic landmark and popular walking destination. Contrary to its name, the monument does not mark the actual geographic center of New Zealand. Instead, it represents the "zero, zero" point used for surveying in the 1870s.

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū is the public art gallery for the Nelson Tasman region, located beside the Queens Gardens on the edge of downtown Nelson. Established as a blend of award-winning contemporary and heritage architecture, it serves as a cultural hub for art enthusiasts.


Wai-iti Dark Sky Park

Wai-iti Dark Sky Park, located near Nelson, New Zealand, is a protected site encompassing 135 hectares of Tasman District Council land. It includes the Wai-iti Recreational Reserve and Tunnicliff Forest. Recognized as New Zealand's first International Dark Sky Park, it's a place where the night sky's beauty is preserved and celebrated.

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