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    Queens Gardens

    by al2401 Written Aug 10, 2012

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    The Queens Gardens were opened in 1892 to mark the Jubilee of Queen Victoria and are a beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park. Informnation panels located around the gardens tell of their history and cultural significance.

    There are a number of sculptures in the gardens. Sentinel is a steel sculpture which sails in the Queens Garden pond and represents the people that arrived in New Zealand by waka (canoe) and ship.

    The gardens are registerd with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

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    Beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach

    by al2401 Written Aug 10, 2012

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    Kaiteriteri is a small town just south of the start of Abel Tasman National Park. It is where most of the water-taxix start their service.

    Kaiteriteri is a popular seaside resort in the warmer months with a lovely curved sheltered beach and golden sand. Early morning in the middle of May was too cold for swimming - even for the locals!

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    Walk, cycle or drive along Tasman Bay

    by al2401 Updated Aug 10, 2012

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    Nelson is situated on beautiful Tasman Bay. When travelling into Nelson from the south on State Highway 6 you come across a coastal walk just as you enter town. Places have been created for fishermen and there is plenty of room for walking or cycling - or you can just drive on by and admire the view.

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    Abel Tasman National Park

    by al2401 Updated Aug 9, 2012

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    Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island west of Nelson, is the smallest of New Zealand's national parks. It was founded in 1942, and is named after Abel Tasman who was the first European to see New Zealand. But good things come in small packages!

    The park is mainly hilly country covered in natural forest. It's northern boundary is formed by the waters of Tasman and Golden Bays and extends to the high water mark. The area between the high Water and low water marks is gazetted Scenic Reserve. The Department of Conservation looks after the park and the reserve is under the control of the Tasman District Council.

    Tonga Island Marine Reserve is adjacent to the park and there is a substantial seal colony on the island.

    The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

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    Hike in Abel Tasman National Park

    by al2401 Updated Aug 9, 2012

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    The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track. This popular track follows the coastline where possible and the less travelled Abel Tasman Inland Track take you further inland. There are a number of camping spots and kayaking is a popular activity.

    A popular short walk for day visitors is the coastal track between Bark Bay and Torrent Bay or The Anchorage (depending on the tide). The direction in which you walk is also depending on the tide.

    WARNING - you must be totally self sufficient. There are no shops or rubbish bins so you must take what you need to eat and drink and bring your rubbish out with you. Take plenty of water - there are no taps. Sunscreen and insect repellant too!

    The walk is not difficult but you need to be on the go and not dawdle too much admiring the views. From Bark Bay to The Anchorage is 3 1/2 hours plus a short ime to rest and eat your lunch. The boat will NOT wait for you as is has a schedule to keep. However they do a head count and know that you are there and if you should miss the boat for any reason someone will come to get you.

    After all of that - DO IT! it is great and the scenery is stunning!

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    Visit Able Tasman National Park by Water Taxi

    by al2401 Updated Aug 9, 2012

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    The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

    The start point for most of the water taxi companies is Kaiteriteri Beach. They service the beaches between there and Totaranui in the north combining commentery of the most popular tourist sights along the way.

    You take in famous Split Apple Rock, Tonga Island Marine Reserve and the Tonga Island seal colony and the beautiful Awaroa inlet. There is a short stop at Totaranui before the return trip. Passengers may get off at any point and get the next boat. The taxi operators take a head count so they know exactly how many people are walking in the park.

    The most popular walk is from Bark Bay to Torrent Bay or the Anchorage - depending on the tide. The direction you walk is also depending on the tide.

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    Nelson Cathedral

    by al2401 Written Aug 6, 2012

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    Christ Church Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral located at upper Trafalgar Street. The original Christ Church Cathedral was built at a different site in 1851 but a second church was built on Church Hill in 1887. Construction began on the existing building in 1925. Marble blocks, from the Pakikiruna Range near Takaka were to be used but after the Murchison earthquake the builders agreed it would be too risky not to mention expensive. The marble was crushed and mixed with plaster resulting in the unusual colour and texture.

    The steps down to Trafalgar Street are made of granite.

    The pipe organ, built in London be T C Lewis, was installed in 1871. It was rebuilt in 1932 and again overhauled some 30 years later. It now consistes of 2500 pipes.

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    Nelson Cathedral - Stained Glass

    by al2401 Updated Aug 6, 2012

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    The rather grim exterior of Christ Church Cathedral in Nelson tends to give you a false impression. Inside the cathedral has a vast open space illuminated by many glorious stained glass windows in both the traditional and modern style.

    The Rose Window designed by Beverley Shore-Bennett of Wellington - one of over three hundred of her window designs in New Zealand.

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    Miyazu Japanese Gardens

    by al2401 Written Aug 6, 2012

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    This garden was established to celebrate the link of Sister City with Miyazu, north of Kyoto Prefecture on the main island of Honshu in Japan. It was opened in 1995.

    The gardens fill a small compact area and abound with the features tradionally found in Japanese gardens. Although in suburbia, once you walk trough the entrance gate made of old timber from the docks, you are transported to another place and time. Street noise and most suburban views are gone.

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    Visit the Vineyards and Wineries of Nelson

    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    A Vineyard along the Nelson Wine Trail

    There are several wineries and vineyards scattered around Nelson. With its warm ideal climate for growing grapes Nelson has become New Zealands fastest growing wine region. Enjoy a scenic drive through Nelsons wine trail and be sure to visit one of its many wineries and taste some of New Zealands best wines.

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    Take a Historical Architecture Walk

    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    The historical centre of Nelson is one of the oldest cities (if not the oldest) in New Zealand. The architecture is really wonderful, maybe even better than the Art Deco City of Napier in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Both of these New Zealand cities are known for having nice architecture, lots of sunshine and nearby vineyards growing grapes for some fine NZ wines.

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    Take a Scenic Drive

    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    Nelson has so much pristine open space outside the city limits, we had to take a road trip on a scenic drive to Golden Bay. Along the way you will see beautiful mountains, fields of grain, rustic fences ,green valleys and native bush.

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    Kayak Abel Tasman National Park

    by iammon Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealands premier sea Kayaking destination and you should not miss it. The natural beauty is stunning: golden beaches, clear waters, lots of wildlife.

    There is a big choice of diffrent trips you can do. Unfortunately, when we were there the weather forecast was bad (normally it is the sunniest place in New Zealand) therefore we opted for a day trip only (we still regret this as we liked it so much). They boat taxied us out and we paddled back for a couple of hours visiting some sights like the Split Apple Rock or some fresh water streams coming in to the sea, had a nice lunch on a beautiful beach. In the afternoon we sailed back with the kayaks. Be prepared for having to hold the sail up for hours with your arm but it was lots of fun! Right in the end when we were heading back to the mainland we took a wave the wrong way and turned over....the waterproof bag they provided us did not protect my camera...the salt water gave it the rest....They told us that people normally do not fall in but somehow I doubt that so think twice if you want to bring you camera or not.

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    Grape Escape

    by wkcsmt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are several things that you can do here...

    Enjoy lunch or morning / afternoon tea @ The Grape Escape Café and Wine Bar. It is famous for its patisserie and freshly made cakes. Open daily 10am-4:30pm, except Christmas & Boxing Days, Good Friday & Anzac Day Morning.

    Taste Richmond Plains (the region's first certified organic vineyard) & Te Mania Estate wines @ The Grape Escape Winery and Cellar, open 7 days. Phone: (03) 544 4054.

    Visit Escape Gallery & Gifts - one of the region's largest gift and art galleries. Here you'll find NZ handmade "treasures" to bring home. Phone: (03) 544 4630.

    Also, take a walk inside Living Light Candles to endulge yourself with the wax of art including home interior, NZ cultural, eco, aromatherapy and much more.

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    Christ Church Cathedral

    by wkcsmt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You'll see the bell tower of this church from the city. A flight of steps will lead you up to the church. I don't know the history of the chuch, but just admiring the architecture of it. Well, you'll have to know this is part of my occupation habit (of an architect)... Walk up these steps and look back onto the city...

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