Founders Heritage Park

Founder Heritage Park is a museum village where you will find a collection of historic buildings and machinery of Nelson's past. While wandering through the village you can learn a few things about Nelson's early history around the 1880-1930s and its trades like fruit orchards and hop growing just to name a few.

If you're interested in vintage vehicles you'll find some interesting exhibits like old bicycles, coach buses, a fire engine 'named' Dennis, a fully grown Bristol Freighter airplane and some operating locomotives. Some trains are operated on a short coastal railway track by the Nelson Railway Society and you can take a ride.

Some artisan shops and a cafe can also be found in the park they're welcoming all visitors.

During the warmer months Founders park is also the venue for several annual festivals and events like the MarchFest (Craft Beer), Kai Festival (International & Traditional Food Festival), Nelson Art Festival, Cider Festival and Bookfair amongst others.

How to get there

Open 7 days a week from 10am-4.30pm.

Founders Park , 87 Atawhai Drive , Nelson