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A good walk not for the faint hearted

If you are planning on walking to the Botanical Gardens and center point of New Zealand from the... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Michael B
Interesting collection of plants on the way to the Centre of NZ

The park is around the base of the hill on which the monument marking the Centre of NZ is situated... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
John R
Gosford, Australia
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

If you are planning on walking to the Botanical Gardens and center point of New Zealand from the Nelson Visitor Information Centre, it is a couple of kms. Just follow the Maitai Walkway to the Hardy Street footbridge. By car there is also some limited...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The park is around the base of the hill on which the monument marking the Centre of NZ is situated. It is complemented by an impressive range of trees alongside the river that were planted around 100 years ago.

Thank John R
Reviewed 16 March 2018

A rugby field, a cricket ground and a botanical reserve, all at one place. Good picnic spot too and the base of the train to the Centre of New Zealand.

Thank Travel3652
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Lovely playing fields with a history bonus of the site of the first rugby game in NZ. Lovely well formed walks of steady gradient through native forests and where a Kauri Tree was planted 66 years ago.

Thank Nonapama
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Has a rugby field and a cricket oval. Really cool history and nice story board by road. And has walkway to the centre of New Zealand.

Thank enumx
Reviewed 14 March 2017

cool history, first rugby game in New Zealand was played here, and has a great story behind it. The gardens are stunning and beautiful no matter the time of year

Thank jodierolanding
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This is a lovely large green area where the first NZ rugby game was played. Impressively kept and worth a visit. You will probably pass through it on the way to teh centre of New Zealand.

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Reviewed 14 January 2017

But of course summer is the best time to visit. Great for families, where kids can run around, too. Picnic tables and benches invite you to bring lunch and relax.

Thank MMN43
Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is the spot where the first rugby game was played in NZ. There is an excellent story board right by the road. there is a small amount of free parking and there is an ablutions block. Try to walk around the rugby field in...More

Thank twebb21
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A beautiful garden with a large playing field, just nice to rest a while before climbing up to the Center of New Zealand or for watching children play, dogs chasing each other and the occasional rugby or football game.

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