Ah Nelson, where the sun is always shining, the vibe is always laid-back, and the outdoor activities are always exciting! In Nelson alone there are over 50 walks to choose from – whether it’s beach, bush, or city, there’s an option. We’ve asked around and these are some quick favourites amongst locals – short enough to squeeze in on laundry day!
Cross bridges and rivers on this gentle calming walk in Central Nelson. The Bridge’s Walk begins at Miller’s Acre Centre and takes 40-60 minutes return mainly running along the Maitai River. Find full directions and map here.
Tahunanui Beach Walk
The suburb of Tahunanui is always buzzing and that’s because of its beach. It’s a great place to relax and people watch. You can walk or jog on the sand, take 30 minutes or 60 minutes, stop at Lion’s Playground if you have the kids with you – enjoy the beach however you wish. Find full directions and map here.
Monaco Peninsula Walk
A lovely walk in a a charming seaside suburb, Monaco Peninsula may be residential but the 45-60 minute walk circles around the peninsula right at the edge of the coast offering great views across the estuary to the Richmond Range. There are boats and pottery shops along the way too. Make sure to check tide times before embarking! Find full directions and map here.
Offering stunning views of Tasman Bay, the Stepneyville Walk in Port Hills also offers a bit of a challenge with some hills. The full loop takes up to one hour return and the views you’ll admire will keep you smiling all day long. Find full directions and map here.
Starting at the Organic Gardens in Booke Valley, Tantragee Loop is so close to Central Nelson, but yet feels so far. The first half of the track is uphill and surrounded by native trees. The loop takes you through parts of the Dun Railway Track and Tangatree Track and can be completed in one hour. Watch out for Mountain Bikers! Find full directions and map here.