Entertaining visitors on a tight budget
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.cab.org.nz
Nelson City Council has a list of picnic spots on their website.