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Things to do with kids

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Things to do with kids in Nelson


Get the kids out into the fresh air in Nelson

  • Cycle our “Family-friendly Loop” route on the Great Taste Trail. Completely off-road, flat route, passing 3 playgrounds, a beach and a pub with a beautiful sunny outdoor area
  • Tahunanui Beach, the city beach, which is very safe for swimming. Great playground here too
  • Rabbit Island, a long beach reserve and picnic area 30 minutes drive from Nelson city. Very safe swimming, large area for walking and cycling. Barbeques available
  • Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, 10 minutes drive from Nelson city. Pest-free wildlife sanctuary with beautiful walks
  • Ride the historic steam train at Founders Historic Park. Rides available most weekends and every day during the school holidays
  • Visit Natureland Wildlife Trust, to see native and domestic birds. Located at Tahunanui Beach. Open daily
  • Ride the model train at Tahunanui Beach (next to Natureland.)  Rides available 1 - 4 pm every Sunday
  • Go swimming in the Maitai River. There are many beautiful small swimming holes within 10 minutes drive of the city, just follow the road up the Maitai Valley from the city centre