En­ter­tain­ing vis­i­tors on a tight bud­get

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - CIT­I­ZENS AD­VICE BUREAU COL­UMN:

Won­der­ing how to en­ter­tain vis­i­tors? It needn’t cost the earth.

Start with It­son.co.nz. Free com­mu­nity events range from a fam­ily-friendly sand­castle­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion and the Tas­man Skatepark Tour to SingA­long in the Park ses­sions for se­niors. And thechil­drens­guide.co.nz has a handy ‘fru­gal or free Nel­son’ sec­tion.

Check the Leader, found.org.nz and cab.org.nz for clubs and sports cen­tres with sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as li­brary hol­i­day pro­grammes for chil­dren. This year’s of­fer­ings in­clude a Ki­wiana Scav­enger Hunt (Tas­man) and a Nav­i­gate Nel­son Com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­nics are al­ways fun, and for a change of scene, check the NCC web­site’s list of pic­nic ar­eas (nel­son.govt.nz). There’s also a handy map show­ing chil­dren’s play­grounds. For first-time vis­i­tors to Nel­son, try com­bin­ing a pic­nic with a panoramic view of the city and be­yond. Did you know Haulashore Is­land has a flex­i­ble mini-ferry ser­vice? And that Queen’s Road Re­serve looks out on the Cut and the whole of Tas­man Bay? For the more en­er­getic, the Boul­der Bank or the Cen­tre of NZ are great op­tions.

For walk­ers, again the NCC web­site is a great start­ing point. Walk Nel­son on­line (up­dates the 2007 book­let) in­cludes down­load­able maps, as does the Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil web­site (tas­man.govt.nz).

And for cy­clists, the Great Taste Trail is not just for the su­per-fit. Check out heartof­bik­ing.org.nz, and note that there is at least one ser­vice which will take you and your vis­i­tors (plus bi­cy­cles) back to your start­ing point if you run out of steam half-way!

Vis­i­tors his­tory buffs? Visit one of our his­toric homes or mu­se­ums - charges are usu­ally min­i­mal. (nel­son­mu­seum.co.nz lists cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tions). And don’t for­get the his­toric Waka­puaka ceme­tery. Sev­eral her­itage trails are set here (see nel­son.govt.nz) and the panoramic views and his­toric plant­ings are a bonus. Nel­son cel­e­brates its 175 an­niver­sary on 31 Jan­uary. Com­mem­o­ra­tive events are listed on the NCC web­site.

With the arts we are spoiled for choice. A must for vis­i­tors is the newly-re­de­vel­oped Suter Gallery (ad­mis­sion now free) And why not use in­for­ma­tion cen­tre brochures to con­struct a cus­tom­made art and crafts trail, based on the vis­i­tors’ in­ter­ests and your own lo­cal knowl­edge?

If you en­joy help­ing peo­ple, think­ing out­side the box and have ba­sic com­puter skills, ap­ply to join our vol­un­teers. It’s a great way to learn about the com­mu­nity. Call us NOW for more in­for­ma­tion. Train­ing starts late Fe­bru­ary.

Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau Nel­son Tas­man 9 Paru Paru Rd, phone: 5482117, 0800367 222, email nel­son­tas­man@cab.org.nz Web­site www.cab.org.nz

Nel­son City Coun­cil has a list of pic­nic spots on their web­site.

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