Ford's is loved by Nelson Accommodation Century Park guests

Don't miss these 6 great Nelson Region Walks:

The Nelson Region is blessed with a multitude of walks & tramps. Click the icons below to see a selection of some of the must-do walks that you should try during your stay at our accommodation in Nelson New Zealand Century Park. Alternatively, check out some other suggestions below.


see the centre of New Zealand, just down the road from our Nelson motels

Centre of New Zealand


see the world famous Abel Tasman Walkway while staying at Century Park

Abel Tasman Walkway


the fantastic Pupu springs Hydro walkway is reachable from our motels in Nelson

Pupu Hydro Walkway


discover the famous Heaphy track from our Nelson Accommodation

Heaphy Track


Nelson boulderbank is unique and well worth a visit

Boulder Bank


Nelson accommodation guests enjoy the Bellbird walk at St Arnaud

St Arnaud Bellbird walk

See below for a more comprehensive list of great walks and tramping in the Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay, Nelson Lakes, Buller/Murchison and Marlborough regions.  Stay at the top holiday Accommodation Nelson has to available for locals and visitors to the area.

Nelson Walks & Tramps

Nelson Walks   + 

Brook Street Dam

Grade:  1 - 2 Time:  One hour return Access:  Turn-off Nile Street East toward the hills of the Brook Valley via Tasman Street.  Drive 3.9km to the motor camp.  The carpark is through the camp by the dam.  Cross the bridge to the start of the walk.

Cable Bay Walkway

Grade: 3 Time: Two hours 30 minutes to three hours one way Access: The turnoff is 13km north of Nelson city towards Picton, on State Highway (SH) 6. Turn left onto Cable Bay Road at Hira and drive 8km to the stony Cable Bay beach. The track begins uphill to the left. Alternatively, walk the track from the other end at The Glenn (2) There is the choice of a car shuttle or a return walk.

Centre of New Zealand

Grade:  2 Time:  50 minutes for the loop Access:  Start at the Botanical Reserve sports field, in town, at the end of Hardy Street East.  The track begins at the information panel at the base of the hill.

Dew Lakes (Dun Mountain)

Grade: 3 - 4 Time: Five to six hours return Access: As for Maitai Caves and dam reserve above.

Dun Mountain Railway

Grade: 2 - 3 Time: Three hours for the loop Access: Turn off Nile Street East onto Tasman Street and travel towards the hills into Brook Valley. The track starts near the community gardens at the Tantragee Road turnoff, 2.5km from Nile Street. The track start is signposted as Dun Mountain Walkway.

Kahikatea/Maitai Loop

Grade:  2 Time:  50 minutes for the loop Access:  Turn left off Waimea Road onto Bishopdale Avenue at the Caltex station.  After 900m, look for a small carpark to the left of the road.

Maitai Caves

Grade: 2 - 3 Time: Three hours return Access: Near the end of Nile Street East, turn into Maitai Road and head 11km up Matai Valley. Cross the Maitai Forks Bridge to the start of the dam reserve. The track begins at the footbridge 100m back down the road from the gateway into the reserve. Alternatively, walkers can cross the creek downhill from the last gateway.

Maitai River Including Tantragee Saddle and Brook Street

Grade:  1 - 3 Time:  One hour to four hours 30 minutes return Access:  Start on the Maitai River bank in downtown Nelson, adjacent to the Nelson city Visitors Centre on the corner of Trafalgar and Halifax street.  Alternatively, join the track at the end of town: Turn left off Nile Street East into Maitai Valley and park at the first bridge (Jickells bridge).  Join the track on the far side of the bridge.

North Knob from Inwood's Lookout

Grade:  4 Time:  Three to four hours return Access:  Drive south of Wakefield on SH 6 for 9.5km.  At Belgrove, turn left into the Wai-iti Valley where the signpost reads Nelson Lakes National Park, Rainbow Skifield.  Some 10km along this road, at the base of the Reay Saddle, is a poorly signposted turnoff, left onto the gravel Wai-iti Road.  Take this steep, winding road to the 1000-m-high carpark adjacent to Inwood’s Lookout building.  There are two fords to cross. 

Rush Pool and Maori Argillite Quarry

Grade: 3 Time: Three hours return Access: The track starts over the gate at the far end of the Maitai Dam reserve (see Maitai Caves above)

The Boulder Bank

Grade: 2 - 3 Time: 30 minutes to six hours return Access: Drive for approximately 10 minutes from Nelson towards Picton on SH 6. Turn left onto Boulder Bank Drive and past the sewerage ponds to the rocky beach.

The Glen

Grade: 3 Time: One hour 45 minutes for the loop Access: Drive from Nelson city towards Picton on SH 6. Turn off to The Glen 10km from Nelson. Park at the waterfront and walk to the top of Airlie Street where the track begins.

The Grampians

Grade:  2 - 3 Time:  One hour to one hour 30 minutes return to the viewing platform Access:  The track starts close to the city centre at historic Fairfield House, on the corner of Trafalgar Street South and Van Diemen Street.  It takes 20 minutes to walk from our Nelson central accommodation through the Cathedral Grounds to Fairfield House.

Whispering Falls and Chromite Mine

Grade:  2 - 3 Time:  Three hours return Access:  Begin at the Hackett picnic area 27km southwest of Nelson.  Drive past Richmond on SH 6, then turn left onto Aniseed Valley Road at Hope.  Head over the hill and up the valley to the signposted picnic area at the Roding River Reserve.

For Your Safety
If you are considering doing one of the above walks, be sure to consider packing a first aid kit in case of a fall or injury. Essential First Aid Supplies offer some of the most reasonably priced first aid kits NZ has online.


Check Availability for our Nelson Luxury Accommodation
  and Room Tariffs

Book your Nelson Accommodation for a Great time away
Takes just 2 minutes


Great People, Great Place, Great time.

Century Park Motor Lodge.com

Luxury Nelson Accommodation at the heart of the City


Our Goal at Century Park Motor Lodge  is 100%  Guest Satisfaction. We aim to bring you the best Nelson Accommodation experience. If you are not satisfied with something, please let us know - we'll make it right or you won't pay.

luxury accommodation Nelson