Things to do in Nelson, New Zealand

Things to do in Nelson, New Zealand

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- WOW The World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars, is a museum dedicated to the fashion show that was held in Trafalgar Centre over seven nights in September each year until 2004. (The shows are now held in Wellington, but the museum remains in Nelson.) Thousands of people come from all over the world to see the most amazing (and sometimes bizarre) fashions made out of all kinds of materials. There is literally no limit to the exhibiting designer's imaginations

- Suter Art Gallery, has a large collection with emphasis on works by such 19th century artists as Gully, Lindauer and Van der Velden

- Miyazu Japanese Garden, inspired by Nelson's sister city Miyazu in Japan, is a traditional Japanese stroll garden creating a tranquil environment. Look out for the cherry blossoms in spring

- Natureland, a relatively small and amateurish zoo that children like since the fences are low and the walks short with wallabies, monkeys, meerkats and a few other animals. There is also a small aviary.

- Tanunanui Beach, one of the safest and finest family beaches in NZ. The ever popular and reported Beach Cafe lies adjacent to it for great food and drinks. Bus transport to and from Nelson available - see timetable.

- The Centre of New Zealand - a short walk up a hill close to the city centre and reacheable from the Botanic Garden (where the first game of Rugby was played in New Zealand). Good view from the top and an interesting walk through exotic and native vegetation to get to the Trigonometrical Point and Marker at the top.

- Founders Park- a collection of historic buildings located in Nelson, some with museums or historical displays attached. There is also an organic brewery (the only one in the Southern Hemisphere) with an attached cafe that serves good meals. There is also a craft bakery, and a chocolate shop, and a railway that runs on weekends.A great place to spend a half day or more.

- Nelson Walkways, over 22 walks around and in the surrounding district.

- Visit the Nelson Market. It operates all year round in the Montgomery Square carpark in the centre of Nelson on Saturday mornings from 8AM-1PM. Stalls overflow with local products - fresh organic vegetables, fruit and flowers, locally farmed organic salmon and many kinds of crafts including silk painting, jewellery, pottery, weaving and wood turning. There are also food stalls and many Nelsonians meet for a late leisurely breakfast at one of the many coffee stalls.

- Spend a few hours or several days in Abel Tasman National Park .

Like a 2 day trip - Abel Tasman - Kayaking & Coast Track

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