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Best things to do in Marlborough

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“The Abel Tasman National Park: Patons Rock is on the doorstep of the world-renowned Abel Tasman National Park with its stunning scenery and beaches and fantastic walking and kayaking”
103 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Centre of NZ Walk is a five minutes walk from the City Centre Take a track from the Botanical Gardens for a 20 min walk to the geographical Centre of New Zealand, marked with a spectacular view over the Nelson City and Port. https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/centre-of-new-zealand-walk/ ”
71 locals recommend
Beach
“If you want a break from the Golden Sands then cruise over to Tahunanui Beach for the day. Enjoy open spaces, a little zoo and playgrounds for the children.”
52 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!”
43 locals recommend
Flea Market
“If you are in Nelson on a Saturday it is an absolute must that you visit the heart of the City and take a look through the Arts and Crafts Market. The size of a carpark it has an assortment of tasty food stalls and great gifts to take home to loved ones. https://www.nelsonmarket.co.nz”
54 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum boasts finalist garments from the World of Wearable Arts Show, accompanied by a Classic Car Museum, popular cafe and giftware store. A great option for a few hours or on a rainy day, of which there are very few in Nelson! https://www.wowcars.co.nz ”
37 locals recommend
Museum
“This is an amazing Museum and a must see for aviation enthusiasts but is enjoyed by everyone!”
27 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). ”
41 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.”
18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nice fresh quality ingredients, clean flavors, neatly plated food, great atmosphere.”
27 locals recommend
Café
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“A must stop on your way to the Abel Tasman. Real fruit ice creams​, extensive lunch menu and a playground to put a smile on the face of any child.”
39 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
41 locals recommend
Café
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“Good food and an awesome place to take kids under the age of 12, they have the most amazing gardens to play in, so they can go off and you can relax and enjoy. You can feed the eels too, food provided for free, they even supply funky loan sunhats and mouse tails for children to play chase with.”
28 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
“lots of the original houses arround Nelson have been relocated here, complete with a working Train station, comprehensive information, a great place to understand Nelsons history”
24 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is a cafe, bar, restaurant. Again a snuggly little indoor out door space perfect for late night dancing, excellent food , good selection of food. Only hosting top notch musicians and entertainment. http://www.devillecafe.co.nz ”
31 locals recommend