The below attractions are free of charge (although some ask for a koha/donation towards their cause so take some change with you).
Tāhunanui Beach, as it is commonly known, is great for swimming and is a popular recreation area for windsurfing, jogging, walking, fishing, sun worshipping and holiday making.
The Nelson Market is famous for its longevity and high quality of its stalls; 8 am – 1 pm every Saturday in Buxton carpark.
Visit Mapua Wharf and enjoy a range of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés. The fish and chips on the wharf are excellent. A small ferry regularly runs between the wharf and Rabbit Island.
Nelson’s landmark Anglican cathedral stands proudly on Church Hill. Historic displays inside (including the Christmas Tree Festival late Dec – late Jan every year) as well as regular services.
Nelsons iconic Eyebright Country Store. Stockists of silk flowers, fashion jewellery, high-quality manuka honey and other New Zealand-made products.
Worth the climb (easy gradient) to stand in the geographical centre of NZ. Excellent 360-degree views from the top over the city, sea and mountains. City
Melrose – One of the last ”Grand” homes in Nelson. The cafe serves meals and high tea. City
Fairfield – Prestigious historic home, built by Arthur Atkinson in 1883. City
Broadgreen – Set within beautiful Rose gardens, a charming cob cottage. Stoke
Isel – A number of NZ’s oldest exotic tree species. Stoke
Miyazu Garden – A little slice of Japan-inspired tranquillity; particularly beautiful during spring with all the blossoms. The Wood
Queens Gardens – Beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park