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Queen’s Gardens stretches between Bridge and Hardy Streets and is a beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park. These victorian gardens have a number of small lawn areas, ornamental ponds and a central rose garden. Centrally located information panels placed around the garden reveal its history. Queen’s Gardens formally opened in 1892 to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It was designed around the residual part of the Maitai River called the Eel Pond – a food gathering place for Maori. The Gardens are inspired by an intimate, Victorian garden. They reflect the growth and development of the city. Visitors will find a diverse plant and Notable Tree collection and also a place for social and civic gatherings, public relaxation and enjoyment. The Queen’s Gardens are registered as a historic place with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Queen’s Gardens is administered by the Nelson City Council and is available for weddings. The charge for booking is $53 inc GST. This is non-refundable. Power available on request ($35).

Please contact the Council directly if you wish to stage an event larger than a wedding (for example over 200 guests).

You may use the online service to book a park and pay by credit card. For other payment options, please visit Nelson City Council on Trafalgar Street.

Please note that the wedding party will not have exclusive use of the area, but it does mean that we can manage any other planning activities or events in the parks.

Booking a park exclusively – No public parks can be booked exclusively. Council is not always notified about all activities or events happening in our parks. We cannot guarantee that small parties such as a birthday party or other event will not be happening at the same time as your event. While the Council would not knowingly double book any park for a wedding, we cannot guarantee exclusivity. Generally, there have been few problems with double-ups as most people are aware that they need to contact the Council if they want to use a park for a large event.




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