I allowed for a day in Nelson before commencing the walk. I thought a Sunday in a New Zealand regional city might be a bit boring, but I was very wrong: there were lots of things to do.
I checked out the Sunday bric-&-brac market in the centre of town and also the cathedral (dropping in to listen to the sermon for a few moments). Then coffee by the river bank (plenty of bike riders), before a quick visit to the supermarket for few minor items.
I then tackled the walk to the “Centre of New Zealand”. Well, from a surveying point of view, it’s the “centre” but it seems there are other ways of calculating the “centre” that give other results! I took the “circular route”, which took an hour (a lot of it uphill) to get there, then the direct, shorter route (downhill!) to return to town (and a beer). On the way out, I passed the kite-flying festival and also saw the heritage train. So all in all, there was plenty to fill in the day.