Top Choice Museum in Nelson

World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

Nelson is the birthplace of New Zealand's most inspiring fashion show, the annual World of WearableArt Awards Show. You can see 70 or so current and past entries in this museum's several sensory-overloading gallerie…
Top Choice Beach in Nelson

Tahuna Beach

Nelson's primo playground takes the form of an epic sandy beach (with lifeguards in summer) backed by dunes, and a large grassy parkland with a playground, an espresso cart, a hydroslide, bumper boats, a roller-skat…
Church in Nelson

Christ Church Cathedral

The enduring symbol of Nelson, the art-deco Christ Church Cathedral lords it over the city from the top of Trafalgar St. The best time to visit is during the 10am and 7pm Sunday services when you can hear the organi…
Museum in Nelson

Nelson Provincial Museum

This modern museum space is filled with cultural heritage and natural history exhibits which have a regional bias, as well as regular touring exhibitions (for which admission fees vary). It also features a great roo…
Gallery in Nelson

Suter Art Gallery

Adjacent to Queen’s Gardens, Nelson’s public art gallery presents changing exhibitions, floor talks, musical and theatrical performances, and films. The Suter's long-awaited reopening after a fabulous redevelopment …
Museum in Nelson

Founders Heritage Park

Two kilometres from the city centre, this park comprises a replica historic village with a museum, gallery displays, and artisan products such as chocolate and clothing. It makes for a fascinating wander, which you …
Brewery in Nelson

McCashin’s Brewery

A groundbreaker in the new era of craft brewing in NZ, which started way back in the 1980s. Visit the historic cider factory for a tasting, cafe meal or tour.
Jewellery in Nelson

Jens Hansen

Gold- and silversmith workshop producing contemporary jewellery (including the accursed ring for the The Lord of the Rings movies).
Park in Nelson

Botanical Reserve

Walking tracks ascend Botanical Hill, where a spire proclaims the Centre of New Zealand. NZ’s first-ever rugby match was played at the foot of the hill on 14 May 1870: Nelson Rugby Football Club trounced the lily-li…
Gardens in Nelson

Queens Gardens

Immerse yourself in around 125 years of botanical history in this ornamental garden, which commemorates the 50th jubilee of Queen Victoria's coronation. Great for a picnic or lawny lie-down.