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Founders Park

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Address: 87 Atawhai Drive | Brooklands, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-548 2649
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A 'must visit'

Easy to get to, something for everyone, whatever age, level of interest in history, mobility ... If you go on a Saturday, as I did, you may be dodging wedding parties, which... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Alison K
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lovely way to spend an afternoon. Plenty to see, do and the onsite brewery/pub is a great way to finish off the trip. Could have spent more time here but was on a schedule sadly.

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Thank WAP1956
Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here to have some fun with the kids. Was a let down. Half the things were locked and it's not really child friendly.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to get to, something for everyone, whatever age, level of interest in history, mobility ... If you go on a Saturday, as I did, you may be dodging wedding parties, which could limit which buildings you have access to. Other than that, get a leaflet, walk your way round, or head for the very good cafe. The separate gift... More 

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Thank Alison K
Nelson, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

founders reminds me of shanty town the building are like stepping back in time if you are that old weddings are held there beverages are drunken there and the food arent half bad either you

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent family holiday, me the Wife and 5 Grand Children, we were looking for things to keep the kids amused that didn't involve mortgaging the house. I think we aced it with this place. Spent a good 4 hours wandering around checking out the various "exhibits" and generally letting the G/Kids create mayhem. An added bonus is the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful peek into the delightful history of Nelson! Lotsa snap worthy elements..too many as a matter of fact. The $7 entrance fee might seem a lot but what awaits inside more than makes up for it. A really fun place to go, especially for the kids!

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Thank muha0153
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Pretty disappointing displays, lots of bits where you didn't know if you should be there. Empty ish houses that don't feel well put together. Some cool displays don't get me wrong but mostly was disappointing. I found there were alot of messy parts, and unfinished sections that could be out of sight so give the better experience. Train ride is... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We spent 1 1/2 hrs wandering around in here. There is a café on site. There is plenty of parking. It was less than 10 minutes away from Nelson City.

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Thank Kiwi1963
Christchurch, New Zealand
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

A quite interesting "town" of old local buildings, well presented with an good museum of nautical artefacts as well,

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Thank leondegraff
New York
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Went to day of the dead festival. Great food, face painting. Very enjoyable it has a lovely feel, good for the family

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Thank Kathryn B

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