The Centre of New Zealand (Sunday 24 January)

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.

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Sunday market
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Cathedral, up the steps
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Kites
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More kites
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Heritage train
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By the path
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The “Centre” of New Zealand
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Another view of the “Centre”
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Inland from the “Centre”
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Over Nelson from the Centre
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Track through the forest on the way back down
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