Although not really the centre of New Zealand, you can forget about the mis-naming and get up here anyway. For a relatively short climb, the views are great.
This the centre of New Zealand - sort off... It was used back in the day as a central survey point to do a geodetic survey of the country using triangulation methods and other fancy things.
All brainy stuff aside it's a great walk up the hill from Botanical Reserve. the track is steep, but 4-wheel drive style push chairs can make it up. It's a popular spot for exercisers. The view from the top is awesome and worth the moist brow.
From the city centre, the walk is signposted via Trafalgar Street. Take the 6th on the left onto Hardy Street (the crossroads with the museum). Stay on Hardy Street until just after crossing the Maitai River. There is parking on the left by the large grass reserve.
The start of the track is on the far side of this reserve, by the information panels.
The track is well signposted on the ascent to the monument and viewing area at the summit of Botanical Hill (147m). A network of tracks lead through the native forest gully and regenerating scrub, with a signposted detour to a kauri tree. Only at the top of the hill are there clearings in the vegetation with views out in every direction.
Views stretch all over Tasman Bay to the Kahurangi Ranges, with Nelson City and the Port in the foreground.
The Centre of New Zealand is not the geographical centre of New Zealand. It is named such thanks to the John Spence Browning, Chief Surveyor of Nelson in the 1870s. His job was to fix the map of New Zealand by combining the disparate surveys already undertaken with a geodetic survey. By taking into account the curvature of the earth, a more accurate grid of the country could be anchored. He chose this high point as the ‘centre’ from which all other surveys were related.
The actual centre of New Zealand was determined in 1962 as a point on the Spooners Range in Golden Downs Forest to the south.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Nelson
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It takes just 20 minutes to get to the top and you have an amazing view of Nelson. If it is a sunny day it is really nice.
The walk was quite short but I loved it there. I would recommend it for families and older people. The view is worth it.
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Walk was nice enough but not all that interesting. View was good though.
Nice point of view at the top of the hill.
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Short but a great view.
Nice walk - can be done with a stroller though a little steep at times. Excellent view over Nelson and bay.
Fleur & Nils
Nice 45 min walk to the Centre of New Zealand with a lovely view over Nelson and the Abel Tasman Bay.
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Steep winding path leads to a magnificent view of Nelson and bays.
Nice short walk with view over Nelson City, circuit when starting at Founders Park and going back at Matai River.
Beautiful scenery. Very steep but short walk.
Was nice, not amazing. Not a must do.
Short but easy walk with lovely views over Nelson, the Bay and the Maitai valley.
It's quite steep (hard work) but worth the views when you reach the top :D.
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