Founders Park, Nelson

(4.1/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
Explore local heritage through architecture, food, and exhibits at Founders Park, an outdoor museum displaying original historical buildings and replicas built in the regional style. Opened in 1986, the park has been entertaining and educating visitors ever since through engaging exhibits and local flair. Take a short train ride along their scenic railway, hop on the site's Bristol Freighter airplane, stop into a workshop, or browse for handmade goods and artisan foods at the gift shops. With an onsite playground for little ones, the gorgeous architecture and green space at this beloved park will delight visitors of all ages. Arrange your visit to Founders Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nelson using our Nelson itinerary builder.
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  • An interesting slice of history, with a various replica buildings: general store, fire station, bus depot, etc. Today there was a good fair, for Waitangi Day, with a great festive atmosphere. 
  • Such a great attraction. Old world NZ with a running brewery (cafe) and good kids playground inside. We went for Food Truck Friday (first Friday off every month) and the place was humming. The kids en...  more »
  • An eclectic ensemble of restored buildings, mechanical equipment, fire engines, cranes and ships in bottles! We took the family here during our stay in Nelson and we had an enjoyable afternoon. It was...  more »
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  • Interesting snap shot of some local history. Would have been nice if more of the stores were open and actively traded. May be better to come in busy summer times when there is more of an incentive for the stores to be open.
  • A very nice place to have a stroll around. Good range of buildings to look in and at. Nice and spacious and good for kids.
  • Super little open air museum with plenty to entertain and amuse big kids and little ones. The on site brewery/cafe is well worth a visit - lovely brews, good nosh and excellent coffee. There's even a wee small train running on the old train tracks and a superb collection of old pushbikes.
  • People friendly and a market atmosphere. Great spots for meeting mates and good outdoor areas.
  • Many interesting nooks to explore. Nice cafe/brewery too