Free Attractions

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

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.

Saturday Market

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 Christ Church Cathedral & Church steps 

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.

Eyebright Country Store & Guinea Pig Village 

Nelsons iconic Eyebright Country Store. Stockists of silk flowers, fashion jewellery, high-quality manuka honey and other New Zealand-made products.

Centre of New Zealand

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

Historic Houses & Gardens

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