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Botanical Hill

Finding the Center of New Zealand
In Nelson, a town known for its mellow beach culture and perfect proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park, there’s one find that’s hiding just a wee bit inland. Within their Botanical Gardens (where one of the first rugby games was played in New Zealand), there’s a path that leads up to the “Center of New Zealand”. After a 15-20 minute trek up a winding dirt path through lush vegetation, your eyes open up to a 360 degree view of Nelson, the Cook Straight, and the Abel Tasman National Park in the distance.

Sometimes the best finds are the unexpected ones.

Botanical Hill, Nelson 7010, New Zealand