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Guidebook for Nelson

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Guidebook for Nelson

Food Scene
Tiny hole in the wall shop has best real sourdough bread in Nelson (all NZ?) plus a selection of tempting treats. Look for the old fashioned pushbike outside on the street.
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The Swedish Bakery & Cafe
54 Bridge St
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Tiny hole in the wall shop has best real sourdough bread in Nelson (all NZ?) plus a selection of tempting treats. Look for the old fashioned pushbike outside on the street.
Our favorite for breakfast or lunch. Great coffee and food. Craft beer and music in the evenings. Hidden down a little side street (22 New St), its well worth hunting out - look for the iron gate and flax bushes out front. Inside is a sun drenched courtyard surrounded by lush native garden. Migas tortilla is to die for!
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DeVille
22 New St
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Our favorite for breakfast or lunch. Great coffee and food. Craft beer and music in the evenings. Hidden down a little side street (22 New St), its well worth hunting out - look for the iron gate and flax bushes out front. Inside is a sun drenched courtyard surrounded by lush native garden. Migas tortilla is to die for!
Our favorite for a treat. Upmarket eatery perched out over the water on Wakefield Quay. Fabulous views at sunset - ask for a table on the balcony, but book early - its a popular spot. Interesting "modern NZ cuisine' with great selection of local wines. Trust the "Trust the Chef" option!
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The Boat Shed Cafe
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Our favorite for a treat. Upmarket eatery perched out over the water on Wakefield Quay. Fabulous views at sunset - ask for a table on the balcony, but book early - its a popular spot. Interesting "modern NZ cuisine' with great selection of local wines. Trust the "Trust the Chef" option!
Essentials
Best selection of local and regional produce in town. Excellent beer and wine section. Support the locals!!!
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FreshChoice Nelson
69 Collingwood St
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Best selection of local and regional produce in town. Excellent beer and wine section. Support the locals!!!
Drinks & Nightlife
This old converted church now hosts the best selection of craft beers on tap this side of the Mussel Inn - possibly the world! Popular with mountain bikers rehydrating after a hard day doing laps over the Coppermine trail. It's a real 'freehouse' so order in takeaways from fabulous Indian right across the road, Staffano's Pizza above the theatre on Trafalga St, or BYO. Plenty of outdoor tables with live music later on (mind the sandflies tho...)
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The Free House Pub
95 Collingwood Street
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This old converted church now hosts the best selection of craft beers on tap this side of the Mussel Inn - possibly the world! Popular with mountain bikers rehydrating after a hard day doing laps over the Coppermine trail. It's a real 'freehouse' so order in takeaways from fabulous Indian right across the road, Staffano's Pizza above the theatre on Trafalga St, or BYO. Plenty of outdoor tables with live music later on (mind the sandflies tho...)
Getting Around
Cheap, reliable vehicles with unlimited km. Dennis runs the place and will get you sorted. Tell him Viv and Tony sent you and he'll work out a good deal for you.
RaD Car Hire Nelson
Cheap, reliable vehicles with unlimited km. Dennis runs the place and will get you sorted. Tell him Viv and Tony sent you and he'll work out a good deal for you.
Shopping
Absolutely MUST see iconic Nelson street market on Saturdays at Montgomery square. Best selection of food and produce the region has to offer. Be there early before the crowds (and sun) turn up. Easy parking on Vanguard St or Wakatu square. Don't miss: "vege delux" galettes from the yellow and green caravan - tell them Tony and Viv sent you :)
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The Nelson Market
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Absolutely MUST see iconic Nelson street market on Saturdays at Montgomery square. Best selection of food and produce the region has to offer. Be there early before the crowds (and sun) turn up. Easy parking on Vanguard St or Wakatu square. Don't miss: "vege delux" galettes from the yellow and green caravan - tell them Tony and Viv sent you :)
Sightseeing
Stunning views of Nelson township and out to the Kahurangi mountains. 20 min moderate walk. Tracks lead on along the range if you're feeling enthusiastic.
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Centre of New Zealand Monument
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Stunning views of Nelson township and out to the Kahurangi mountains. 20 min moderate walk. Tracks lead on along the range if you're feeling enthusiastic.
The best view in Nelson - bar NONE!!!!!!! You'll have to earn it though :) Aim for Marsden Valley reserve and head almost to the end of the road. Its a 1-2 hr steady climb up through pine forest tracks till you reach the ridge line and the large open grassy area that is the local paragliding launch. Stunning 360 views of Richmond ranges behind Nelson, Tasman bay and mountains to the west and good views to the north and south. Take good shoes, water, camera and binoculars. The turnoff's aren't hard to follow but a map is recommended. If you're a keen mountain biker, head on to the grade 4 Involution track - its well worth the extra climb.
Barnicoat Walkway
The best view in Nelson - bar NONE!!!!!!! You'll have to earn it though :) Aim for Marsden Valley reserve and head almost to the end of the road. Its a 1-2 hr steady climb up through pine forest tracks till you reach the ridge line and the large open grassy area that is the local paragliding launch. Stunning 360 views of Richmond ranges behind Nelson, Tasman bay and mountains to the west and good views to the north and south. Take good shoes, water, camera and binoculars. The turnoff's aren't hard to follow but a map is recommended. If you're a keen mountain biker, head on to the grade 4 Involution track - its well worth the extra climb.
Arts & Culture
Well curated local and regional collections. This historical gallery and playhouse has recently been restored with a great new cafe overlooking the gardens and pond. Good coffee fix and food available after perusing the exhibitions. Free entry. Great for the (very) rare rainy day in Nelson.
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The Suter Art Gallery
208 Bridge St
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Well curated local and regional collections. This historical gallery and playhouse has recently been restored with a great new cafe overlooking the gardens and pond. Good coffee fix and food available after perusing the exhibitions. Free entry. Great for the (very) rare rainy day in Nelson.