The Queens Gardens in Nelson, New Zealand is a beautiful garden park and a great place for a morning or afternoon stroll. Inspired by Victorian-era ornamental gardens, Queens Gardens is filled with a variety of plants, flowers, trees, and sculptures.
Within the park, you’ll find the Boer War Memorial, a lone California Redwood tree, a rose garden, and a plethora of beautifully-designed display gardens. It is also home to Nelson’s Suter Art Gallery; New Zealand’s third oldest art museum. The on-site cafe is the perfect stop for lunch as you wander around the park.
My favorite part of Queens Gardens is the Huangshi Chinese Garden. I spent most of my time in this small corner of the park, endlessly entranced by every detail. Inside the walls of the garden, I felt nothing but serenity.
Queens Gardens is an easy stop-off along the river walkway. Start at the Nelson i-Site, or head over after completing the Centre of New Zealand walk. Just cross the street and enter the gardens.
Location: Bridge Street
Free admission, public park
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