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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.
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Botanical Hill, Nelson 7010, New Zealand