The Gentle Cycling Company

City Walks


There are some lovely walks in Nelson city including a charming walking track up the Maitai River, where the stony-bottomed swimming spots are popular with locals in summer. The hill in the city called the Centre of NZ has a track to the summit, providing great views across the city to the sea. Walking in the heritage part of the city, behind the cathedral, takes visitors past the large old Victorian houses, many with charming gardens and big trees. Nelson City Council has a great list of city walks on their website. Our favourites from the website shown below are:

  • Trevor Horne Heritage Trail (stop in at the charming Melrose House Café for a cup of tea/coffee and cake served on antique china)
  • Maitai Walkway & Lower Botanics (you can go a lot further than described here if you wish, swimming optional)
  • Centre of NZ which can be combined with Sir Stanley Whitehead Walk to pass a local Sprig and Fern pub on the route back into the city