Summer is nearly upon us. It’s a great time to be out and about so how about taking on the challenge of trying something new?

Nelson is blessed with an amazing amount of public space and great facilities for everyone to enjoy.

We have 165 public gardens, sports fields, parks and reserves, plus another 98 walkway reserves. This incorporates 11,290 hectares of recreational reserve and 64 playgrounds!

Have you seen them all? For the majority of us the answer is likely to be no. So why not get out and explore this summer?
If you need some inspiration, all the parks, playgrounds and walking and cycling tracks are shown on Top of the South Maps, or here are some suggestions from the Parks and Reserves team.

  • Octopus Gardens playground (Ngawhatu Sportsground)
  • Sir Stanley Whitehead Park
  • Haulashore Island
  • The Dun Trail to Coppermine Saddle
  • Isel twilight market
  • Maitai Esplanade Walkway
  • Paramata Flats Reserve
  • Glenduan Reserve
  • Titoki Reserve

For even more exciting ideas, you can take a Google Street view tour of all the amazing places listed here.

Be in to win!

When you go exploring, get a photo of you or your family in the new place you’ve discovered, post it on the

Nelson City Council Facebook page* and we’ll draw a random winner on Friday 30 November for a $100 grocery voucher. Please tell us where you are and anything you liked about the place.

We are lucky to live in a beautiful city – get out and discover a new bit of it today!

*Please note any photos posted maybe be reused in other Nelson City Council publications.


See the terms and conditions for entering the competition here.