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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Monument / Landmark
“Park at the i-site car park and enjoy a gentle walk along the Maitai river followed by a 20 minute uphill walk to the summit. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Cafe is lovely set on the outskirts of the gardens, there's a fantastic gift shop with a lot of local artists and potters work available for sale. The galleries are fantastic!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Beach
“Lovely local beach (half is dog-friendly all year!). Plenty to do for kids too.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Nelson market is a major attraction. All produce must be Nelson area made or grown. Saturday 8-12 Try the dutch apple donuts. Wow!!!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Museum
“View all the creative master pieces from past Wearable Art events along with some classic cars. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Museum
“spend a few hours in peter Jackson inspired museum. come by brayshaw park train or by car. you won't regret visiting here.guided tours available at 10.30 and 2pm. you can visit anytime on your own. cost start at $20. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of my favorite place for dinner. Excellent food, always a pleasure. Booking essential.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A long sandy ocean beach. This is a lovely place to go for a swim, picnic or BBQ (built- in but check fire risk). ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“This supermarket is five minutes in the car away and has everything you might need at very good prices. Fresh produce, meat and very good service.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“A cool little museum out lining Nelson's and the areas local history, they often have amazing visiting exhibitions so look out for those too. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“Founders Heritage Park is a museum in Nelson, New Zealand, housing a number of groups with historical themes, including transport. A short heritage railway line is operated by the Nelson Railway Society. Several shops operate in the museum, selling bakery and other artisan foods, as well as locally-made arts & crafts”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cafe
“Situated in what was a garden centre back in the 1970's and 80's, most of the cafe is in an enclosed courtyard with some inside tables in a cosy space next to the counter and kitchens. I love Deville's atmosphere - all kinds of Nelsonians and tourists come in for a coffee and their excellent food. Their date scones are big, full of dates and delicious, especially if you come in early when they are just out of the oven. Another favourite is the Caesar Salad. It is occasionally also a music venue at night. Deville can't be beaten as one of Nelsons many gems.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favorite, no bookings, so you may need to wait but no usually for too long. Its always humming and busy whatever night you go and the food is amazing. If you are looking for an experience this is the place to go. We recommend if possible to grab a seat along the bench by the open kitchen, you get to see what they do plus you may get an extra treat. Even the little dots of sauce on your plate burst with flavor. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“If you fancy a shopping fix this is an alternative to Nelson city, especially on a rainy as a major part of it is undercover. Its just like a small traditional Mall. It has a Food Court but there are also restaurants and cafes just outside. Nelson itself has overhangs over most shops so shopping in the rain is manageable too. Large stores that aren't in Nelson: Kmart Pak & Save ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Beautiful spot on the wharf at Mapua with lovely views, great service and excellent food. There are some lovely shops and galleries in the area so it’s a nice spot to go for a wander around or a boat ride on the estuary.”
  • 24 locals recommend