1. Walk the Centre of New Zealand
Starting from the City Centre, an easy walk along the softly flowing Maitai River will take you across a blue-railed bridge to the base of the Botanical Reserve. A twenty-minute uphill trek under the canopy of poplar and kauri trees will land you at the Centre of New Zealand viewing platform, adorned with a large white pin that identifies the central trig point from the 1870’s. After capturing that perfect Instagram shot, take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the stunning views over the buzzing central city, Tasman Bay and the picturesque mountain ranges. As you part with this iconic landmark and start your descent back down the hill, why not select one of the alternate routes? The Branford Park trail will take you to a popular swimming hole known by locals as ‘Black Hole’, whilst continuing along the hillside will extend your scenic journey right through to Walters Bluff. Or, head back to the base and explore one of the magical gardens located close by; Queens, Miyazu or Japanese.