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South IslandNelson RegionNelson

Time: 30 mins, Distance: not long

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.

The monument at the top

The monument at the top

Floyd Wilde

View of the Port from the top

View of the Port from the top

Christopher John

A bit of bush on the way up

A bit of bush on the way up

Christopher John

View over Nelson Bay

View over Nelson Bay

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Contact

Email: enquiry@ncc.govt.nz

Map

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14 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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Sophie NIemann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leonie Kraft

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The walk was quite short but I loved it there. I would recommend it for families and older people. The view is worth it.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Levi

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Walk was nice enough but not all that interesting. View was good though.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Armand Poulain

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice point of view at the top of the hill.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Shannon Taylor

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Short but a great view.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Susie Christensen

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk - can be done with a stroller though a little steep at times. Excellent view over Nelson and bay.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Fleur & Nils

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice 45 min walk to the Centre of New Zealand with a lovely view over Nelson and the Abel Tasman Bay.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Graham Swinyard

England

Ranking: 8/10

Steep winding path leads to a magnificent view of Nelson and bays.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gabriele Achilles

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice short walk with view over Nelson City, circuit when starting at Founders Park and going back at Matai River.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2006

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Cory Wornell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful scenery. Very steep but short walk.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Emma Edis-Bates

England

Ranking: 5/10

Was nice, not amazing. Not a must do.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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David McCallon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Short but easy walk with lovely views over Nelson, the Bay and the Maitai valley.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Vicki Cashmore

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

It's quite steep (hard work) but worth the views when you reach the top :D.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2009

14 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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Sophie NIemann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leonie Kraft

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The walk was quite short but I loved it there. I would recommend it for families and older people. The view is worth it.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Levi

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Walk was nice enough but not all that interesting. View was good though.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Armand Poulain

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice point of view at the top of the hill.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Shannon Taylor

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Short but a great view.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Susie Christensen

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk - can be done with a stroller though a little steep at times. Excellent view over Nelson and bay.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Fleur & Nils

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice 45 min walk to the Centre of New Zealand with a lovely view over Nelson and the Abel Tasman Bay.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Graham Swinyard's avatar

Graham Swinyard

England

Ranking: 8/10

Steep winding path leads to a magnificent view of Nelson and bays.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gabriele Achilles

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice short walk with view over Nelson City, circuit when starting at Founders Park and going back at Matai River.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2006

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Cory Wornell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful scenery. Very steep but short walk.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Emma Edis-Bates

England

Ranking: 5/10

Was nice, not amazing. Not a must do.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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David McCallon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Short but easy walk with lovely views over Nelson, the Bay and the Maitai valley.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Vicki Cashmore

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

It's quite steep (hard work) but worth the views when you reach the top :D.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2009