Founders Park, Nelson

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Nelson attractions like Founders Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You name it, this reproduction of a small town has it, with many types of buildings from all over the Nelson area. There are train rides on weekends and lots of interesting things to see for all ages....  more »
  • Congratulations Nelson you are retaining your heritage very well for all to enjoy. The park is extensive and includes many different historical buildings and businesses with heaps of memorabilia for e...  more »
  • Such neat wee buildings with lots of interesting things to learn about. I did find it sad that the gift shops weren't open (on a Saturday!). Everything was really well kept however and I learned a lot...  more »
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  • Founders Park...we both loved walking around this wonderful place at a leisurely pace. Great write ups and videos to watch. We had planned to visit two other places that day but so enjoyed the 3 hours of wandering around, a coffee and muffin at the cafe that we felt happy doing just this one. Thanks Founders. Please, please try to keep the cafe as it was a lovely environment.
  • Kids had an absolute blast, one of the highlights had to be the tram ride which was $5 per adult and lasted about 15 minutes. There were some interesting facts regarding the history of the buildings but for the kids an open top tram was plenty of excitement. We also stopped at the on grounds pub and got the kids a kids platter and ourselves some chips to share nothing to complain about there either, the last point of note for myself was seeing the old printing presses being refurbished so that they can be soon put into action....only which I could have seen them go. Very nice day trip, would definitely recommend.
  • Very interesting Historic Walk around Village located in Nelson. Great variety of replicated buildings with a theme and contents that depict life as it was for the founders of the Nelson community. Very nice cafe/bar onsite with indoor and outdoor seating. For an entry fee of $7 NZ for non locals it was a great way to spend a few hours. Very educational.
  • Free entey if you write your local address. Founders brewery and cafe are great with an enclosed playground. Stunning food and beer. The heritage park is a good place for the kids and adults to explore. Keep an eye out for the festival's.
  • Excellent pace to visit and look at the old way through the small village. Then head to the pub fir a bevvi whilst the kids play on the plane or park 😊. Not to mention bands etc that perform there from time to time 😊

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