Nelson's Founder's Park is a must visit. If you have not already, no doubt you will come across this unique park. The park hosts a number of events throughout the year and is the place to learn more about Nelson's heritage. Local character buildings line the old streets, giving you a glimpse into the past. Take a picnic to enjoy on site or enjoy a beer at the award winning Founders Brewery Cafe & Bar.
Locals can enter this park for free (with ID)
It is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Founders Heritage Park is located at 87 Atawhai Drive in Nelson.
History of Founders Heritage Park
Founders Heritage Park, just north of central Nelson on five hectares on Atawhai Drive, close to Miyazu Gardens and Whakatū Marae, was the brain-child of a number of Nelson citizens who set up Founders (Inc.) in 1977.
This historic village is the result of community spirit. It was made possible with initial support from Nelson's business community. A number of major firms assisted in the construction of historic replica buildings and the donation of original buildings. An extensive historic collection of up to 20,000 items was also donated by Nelson residents, leading to the opening of Founders Heritage Park to the public in 1986.
Nelson City Council took over ownership and management of the park on 1 April 1995. Founders Heritage Park Subcommittee oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan, advising the City Council on Founders Park way forward.