Stories about the places and spaces of the top of the South Island - te tau ihu o te waka.

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  1. Abel Tasman National Park
    The magical coastline appreciated through the centuries is now the most popular of New Zealand's National Parks. read more
  2. Blenheim, or "The Beaver"
    The Wairau Affray in 1843 badly frightened potential European settlers and it was to be several more years before they again began to consider the pot... read more
  3. Cawthron Institute
    It was a love of science and the foresight of a Nelson philanthropist, Thomas Cawthron, that led to the establishment of an institute that is now a wo... read more
  4. Isel House and Park
    A historic park and house and a recreation ground form part of the legacy left by the Marsden family of Stoke. read more
  5. Nelson's Landmark Cathedral
    A Royal Decree from Queen Victoria in 1858 not only established a Bishop’s See, allowing the construction of Nelson’s cathedral, the Church on the Hil... read more
  6. Meretoto - Captain Cook's Ship Cove
    Captain James Cook spent a total of 328 days exploring the New Zealand coastline during his three voyages, returning to Ship Cove on five separate occ... read more
  7. The lime and marble of Tākaka Hill
    Takaka Hill divides Nelson and Golden Bay. Its steep, twisting road reveals the ancient craggy lime and marble formations and caving system that give ... read more
  8. Tophouse
    Tophouse, the scene of a murder/suicide in 1894, was the natural pass between the Wairau, Motupiko and Buller Rivers, and was commonly used by Maori i... read more
  9. Waikoropupu Springs and Hydro Walkway
    Legends of taniwha protecting the healing waters of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cold water springs, tales of hardship in the backbreaking search... read more
  10. Trafalgar Park
    Trafalgar Park was opened in 1888 and soon became a centre of sporting activity in Nelson. read more