NATURE EXPERIENCES, NELSON REGION
Nature Experiences in Nelson
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
This sanctuary is restoring nature to the Nelson region. The entrance building opened in 2007 and work is underway on tracks, trapping, and fundraising to fence the area against predators so native birds can thrive. 4km from the city centre, turn up Tasman Street, then Brook Street.
Isel House & Gardens
Main Road, Stoke. This stately home and gardens is owned by the Council who manage the extensive park grounds. The house has been managed by the Isel House Charitable Trust since 2001. After some initial structural work the two big rooms on the ground floor at the front of the house have been restored to some of their former splendour. The house is seen as a community exhibition space and also information about Isel and the Marsden family in the library. Isel Park is owned by the Council who manage the extensive park grounds.
Isel House is open for public viewing 11am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday from the beginning of October to the end of May. Visits are by appointment between June and September, please ring (03) 547 5222. Entry is by donation.
As you drive into Nelson on the Atawhai side, there's a little slice of Japan offering a quiet place for a stroll or a spot of contemplation. The Miyazu Garden celebrates Nelson's relationship with its Japanese sister city. As soon as you walk through the gate made from old timber recycled from the port, the street noise is screened out with an immediate feeling of enclosure. Still reflective ponds, trickling bamboo spouts and melodic cascades enhance the sense of serenity. Nelson City Council has aimed to develop a garden of peace and tranquillity which will be enhanced as the garden matures.
Entry to the Queens Gardens is off Bridge or Hardy Streets, Nelson. Queens Gardens is a beautiful example of a classical Victorian ornamental park. Centrally located information panels placed around the garden reveal its history. The gardens are part of a designated Historic Places Trust precinct. A great place to take the family - have your lunch beside the pond and your children will love being able to feed the ducks.
The Boulder Bank
Boulder Bank is a 14.5km long natural breakwater of large granodiorite boulders with an historic lighthouse built in 1861. Accessible from Boulder Bank Drive, off SH6, or by boat from the waterfront.
Maitai Valley is where Nelsonians go to cool off in swimming holes and to picnic in parks or you can play golf, explore the walks and visit the Maitai Dam.