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  1. Nelson's Church Steps
    Nelson's Church steps have been the rallying point for gatherings of every occasion in the city since its early colonial days. read more
  2. Rai Valley
    Sawmillers were the pioneering settlers of the Rai Valley, making roads and building bridges and tramlines. read more
  3. Flaxbourne
    Flaxbourne Station was at the centre of a controversial land settlement in 1905, indicating its importance as a block of pastoral land. read more
  4. Brook Valley Nelson
    The Brook Valley has been integral to the development of Nelson since the early days of European colonisation, for its water and minerals. The head of... read more
  5. Marine Baths of Nelson
    The Marine Baths, sited near the present yacht club building, were a popular public facility at the Port of Nelson, particularly on a Sunday. read more
  6. Murchison and the Buller or Kawatiri
    Murchison’s story and the Buller River and its tributaries are inextricably entwined. A long and deadly history. read more
  7. Murchison
    The discovery of gold and the search for grazing land were the initial driving forces behind the establishment of the township of Hampden, which later... read more
  8. Fairfield House and garden
    Fairfield House is a small gem in Nelson City. A house of history rescued from demolition. read more
  9. Pearl Creek
    Pearl Creek is a rare and precious wetland, once found right around the Waimea Inlet; habitats like this have been lost over the years to grazing, dra... read more
  10. Wairau Hospital
    In 1865, Marlborough’s first hospital was opened in Picton, the provincial capital of the district. read more