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Founders Heritage Park is a replica historic village of Nelson’s early days (circa 1880-1930) featuring heritage displays, railway, cafe and working artisans.

Located on the outskirts of Nelson city, the park is filled with character streets and attractive gardens across 5ha of land.  It hosts weekly farmers markets, regular craft and beer festivals, antique and retro shows and many annual community events.  There is ample off-road parking including space suitable for coaches. 

Exciting arts and crafts made on-site are available at our reception area – The Windmill Founders Store – open 7 days – 10am to 4.30pm

Founders Heritage Park is a multi-faceted and flexible venue with five unique and very different spaces.  Founders Heritage Park is suitable for public events, conferences, board meetings, weddings and other special celebrations, workshops, concerts and theatre performances.

The Founders Park team is happy to recommend professionals that will enhance the Founders magic:  lighting, sound equipment, staging, theming, entertainment or food trucks.  Catering is also available via the on-site café and bar.

If you would like to place a booking or enquire about availability, please contact our Venue Manager:  [email protected] or phone (03) 548 2649



87 Atawhai Drive
Nelson 7010


(03) 548 2649

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Founders Heritage Park:
Open 7 Days - 10am to 4.30pm

The Windmill Founders Store:
Open 7 Days - 10am to 4.30pm

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday - 9am to 12noon

Founders Heritage Park

Founders Heritage Park, The Wood, Nelson, New Zealand

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