Centre of New Zealand
Centre of New Zealand
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JustinPerryQPRFan
54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Centre of New Zealand is not actually the geographic centre - it just marks the spot where surveys in New Zealand began.
Having said that, it’s near enough and it’s a pleasant walk and a cracking view of the Boulder Bank from the top.
Would not recommend flip flops and if it’s a hot day, take a bottle of water.
Written March 2, 2020
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Joanne F
Melbourne, Australia128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a fairly easy walk. Only about 15/20 minutes. It does get steep, but it isn’t hard. We had done Roy’s Peak in Wanaka (16km round trip), so found this one relatively easy. We ended up going after a day at the beach so didn’t have proper footwear. Make sure you have proper runners. The view at the top is ok.
Written January 17, 2020
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Helen G
Tauranga, New Zealand132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Relatively short, moderately steep track to the summit for amazing views from the Centre of NZ.
There are a number of other trails which branch off, giving a good 90mins or so of prolonged walks, if you prefer to extend.
If you plan to do the other walks, take water as we didn't find any fountains and ended up quite parched.
Written January 11, 2021
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67TravelBug67
Auckland, New Zealand1,092 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
I think the best and easiest walk to the summit is via Botanical Reserve. There is plenty of parking below and it's a short but steadily climbing 15 to 20 min walk.
If you access it via Walter Peak park then it's more of a 40 min walk, not as steep but long zig zags upwards then across farmland.
I went up the short way and down the long way. Nice view from the top but no drinking fountains so take water if you plan on doing more then up and down. Lots of walks branch off the walk so plenty of options.
Written March 21, 2021
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Kay M
Devonport, New Zealand286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We started this walk from the reserve at Botanical Hill at the end of Hardy St. There is signage to show you the way to the track. Although it is a long climb, it is a steady one and not too steep. It took us 30 min to reach the top (with our leki sticks ) and we are in our 70s. The view from the top was magnificent.. We arrived there at 4pm and and watched the sun slowing decend. No one was there at the time. But all the runners came as we went down
Written April 3, 2021
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Ann L
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We decided that we had to do this as we have been to Cape Reinga ( as far North as you can go in New Zealand) and Bluff (as far South as you can go in New Zealand) so we just had to go for the middle.
The path is well formed but pretty steep and winding. It takes about 20 minutes to walk up so 40 minutes round trip. The view was quite something from the top.
Glad we did it.
Written February 22, 2021
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Libranace
New Plymouth, New Zealand215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Was exploring Nelson on a recent visit and saw the sign so just followed it to the top. Do wear good walking shoes as quite steep and has gravel so could be slippery. Great views of Nelson at the top with a pictorial guide of landmarks. Walked down and through Queen's Gardens and back to hotel.
Written March 22, 2021
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Ben J
Christchurch, New Zealand55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Started from the car park nice and early to beat the heat. Easy to find. Well sign posted to the top. A moderate climb on rocky paths. I wore jandels still tho. Took the dog too.
views at the top are awesome 360 degree.
Written February 1, 2020
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KerryRad
Wellington, New Zealand101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Gorgeous views. The walk is really good and in the beginning is pretty easy but it does get steeper the closer you get. But the views are incredible. We had a good walk up and down. Our 11 year old managed well.
Written May 1, 2021
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Sarah W
Baldivis, Australia232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Highly recommend doing this walk. We took our time & had a great walk up here on a lovely sunny ☀️ day.
The view from the top is spectacular & goes for miles & offers great photo opportunities 📸 both of the scenery & pictures of yourself with the needle showing the absolute centre. We enjoyed a little morning tea 🥪 before heading back along the hill walk.
Written February 12, 2020
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