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Things to do around camp:

Aside from lounging around in the sun, here at the Maitai we have a spring-less safety trampoline along with a refreshing swimming hole for your enjoyment. You will also find yourself at the gateway to some of the best tracks that New Zealand has to offer.

Hike or Bike the Dun Mountain Trail

When you are in the sunniest place in New Zealand, just about every day is a good day for a relaxing hike or an exhilarating ride!


The scenery on the Dun Mountain Trail is truly world class.  When you ride this trail you really feel like you are on top of the world.  Early sections give glimpses of the Waimea Plains and more extensive views can also be enjoyed back across Nelson and beyond to Tasman Bay and Abel Tasman National Park.   The trail climbs right above the treeline at Windy Point and finishes with a 10km downhill ride that offers one of the most exhilarating riding experiences in the country.

Hike to the Centre of New Zealand

Work up an appetite and enjoy a picnic atop the Center of New Zealand!


Approximately an hour and a half from camp (one way), the walk to the Centre of New Zealand starts after crossing the bridge at the Dun Mountain trailhead. Follow the main track to the right, past the golf course. After crossing the Nile Street bridge turn right onto Maitai Road and take the path on the left behind the houses next to the mailboxes. Other access points are a short distance from the mailboxes further up the Maitai Road. This walk is also accessible from the Botanical Reserve where the first rugby game was played in New Zealand in 1870 (at the end of Hardy Street).

Get a great view of the city from atop Botanical Hill!

Other Walks and Mountain bike tracks from the Maitai Camp

Maitai Valley Caves
Rush Pools
Maitai Dam
Tantragee Loop
Dun Mountain walkway
Sharlands Creek
Pukatea Track
Maitai Valley Walk
Central and Teal saddle Loop
Central and Sharlands Road Loop
Fringed Hill
Dun Mountain Railway to the third House
Brook Valley walk

See the Nelson City Council Website for more info:

Things to do around Nelson:

Nelson's Gardens

For those who know how to appreciate culture, Nelson is home to some delightful gardens. Next to the Suter Art Gallery is Queens Gardens, a collection of gardens including the Huangshi Chinese Garden. As you head into Nelson on Atawhai Drive you will also find the Japanese Miyazu Garden where you can learn about Nelson's sister city.

Left: Queens Gardens - Right: Miyazu Garden

Tahunanui Beach


Soak up the sun* and enjoy a day at the beach with some fish and chips!

*Be sure to use sunscreen and good sense when sunbathing in New Zealand as it will be another 30 to 40 years before the hole in the ozone is fully recovered!