Free Attractions

Activities and Attractions with no charge

The below attractions are free of charge (although some ask for a koha/donation towards their cause so take some change with you).


Tāhunanui Beach

Tāhunanui Beach, as it is commonly known, is great for swimming and is a popular recreation area for windsurfing, jogging, walking, sun worshipping and holiday making.

Saturday Market

The Nelson Market is famous for its longevity and high quality of its stalls; 8am-1pm every Saturday in Buxton carpark.


Visit Mapua Wharf and enjoy a range of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés.  The fish and chips on the wharf are excellent.  A small ferry regularly runs between the wharf and Rabbit Island.

Nelson Christ Church Cathedral & Church steps 

Nelson’s landmark Anglican cathedral stands proudly on Church Hill.  Historic displays inside (including the Christmas Tree Festival late Dec – late Jan every year) as well as regular services.

Eyebright Country Store & Guinea Pig Village 

Nelsons iconic Eyebright Country Store. Stockists of silk flowers, fashion jewellry, high quality manuka honey and other New Zealand-made products.

Centre of New Zealand

Worth the climb (easy gradient) to stand in the geographical centre of NZ.  Excellent 360 degree views from the top over city, sea and mountains.  City

Historic Houses & Gardens

Melrose – One of the last ”Grand” homes in Nelson.  The cafe serves meals and high tea.  City

Fairfield – Prestigious historic home, built by Arthur Atkinson in 1883.  City

Broadgreen – Set within beautiful Rose gardens, a charming cob cottage.  Stoke

Isel – A number of NZ’s oldest exotic tree species. Stoke

Miyazu Garden – A little slice of Japan-inspired tranquility; particularly beautiful during spring with all the blossom. The Wood

Queens Gardens – Beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park