Queens Gardens is just to the east of the Nelson town centre, bounded by Hardy St, Bridge St and Tasman St. It is almost right next to Maitai River. It is a relatively small public gardens, but very pretty with a wide range of exotic plants, water features and outdoor sculptures.
The Gardens were designed by Antequil Somerville as an intimate Victorian garden, which explains the more ornate features. They opened in 1892 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s jubilee. The location was a section of the Maitai River known as the Eel Pond, which had been a food gathering place for Maori.
Today, the Queens Gardens are registered as a historic place. The Suter art gallery is on the west side of the garden and there is a popular cafe with views over the gardens.