Free Attractions

Sites, Activities & Attractions with no charge

These attractions are mostly free of charge, so enjoy…some may ask you for a token charge or donation towards their cause so take some change with you….


Founders Heritage Park

Explore displays of Nelson’s heritage and learn the stories of our local people. Visit our businesses and artisans in character buildings.

Tahunanui Beach

Tahuna Beach, as it is commonly known, is great for swimming and is a popular recreation area for windsurfing, jogging, walking, sun worshipping and holiday making.

Saturday Market

The Nelson Market is famous for its longevity and high quality of its stalls. The Nelson Market is famous for its longevity and high quality of its stalls.


Visit Mapua Wharf and enjoy our range of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés.

Nelson Christ Church Cathedral & Church steps 

Nelson’s landmark cathedral stands proudly on Church Hill.

Eyebright Country Store & Guinea Pig Village 

Nelsons iconic Eyebright Country Store. Stockists of artificial trees,silk flowers,fashion jewellery,high quality manuka honey & other New Zealand made product.

Historic Houses & Gardens

Melrose – One of the last ”Grand” homes in Nelson

Fairfield – Prestigious historic home, built by Arthur Atkinson in 1883

Broadgreen – Set within beautiful Rose gardens, a charming cob cottage

Isel – Number of NZ’s oldest exotic tree species

Miyazu Gardens – There’s a little slice of Japan

Queens Gardens – Beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park