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An Interesting Site to Visit with a wealth of information about Lord Rutherford

The Memorial is just outside Brightwater. It takes the form of a circular wall that has a series of... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Surprisingly good - highly recommended for a quick stop

We had driven past the Rutherford Memorial a few times and finally decided to stop. We were very... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
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91 Lord Rutherford Drive | Junction of the Brightwater Deviation (State Highway 6), Brightwater 7091, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The Memorial is just outside Brightwater. It takes the form of a circular wall that has a series of interpretation boards that trace the history of Lord Rutherford's life from his early childhood through to his brilliant career as a world leading Physicist. The information...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

We had driven past the Rutherford Memorial a few times and finally decided to stop. We were very pleased we did. We would recommend it to everyone for a pleasant break on the roadside - and an interesting and well presented summary of Rutherford's life....More

Thank 405Sally
Reviewed 31 March 2017

At Ernest Rutherford's birthplace, 50m off the highway, a well-laid out memorial provides a nice chronology of his life and career before and after winning the Nobel Prize. Lots of interesting snippets about students days, nicknames, family events. I pick up more items of interest...More

Thank Ross C
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Anyone who likes science or any person who likes history will appreciate this to get a feel feel for the beginning and where Lord Rutherford was born. Wander wound and read and listen.

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Reviewed 11 January 2017

I have visited this memorial a number of times and recommend spending some time here. It is interestingly laid out with consecutive rings and seats to sit on along with informative displays with commentaries. I always learn some more when I come back and you...More

Thank Peterman999
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I came here a few times so far, nice tidy place, also a bench available to sit down and lots of interesting information in the boards. My last visit was for a geocache hidden in the area.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is definately well worth the stop. It is just off the Brightwater deviation road. There is free off street parking. This memorial is incredibly intricate, well thought out, with excellent storyboards which give an insight into the different layers of Rutherford's life and achievements....More

2  Thank twebb21
Reviewed 9 April 2016

This impressive memorial, commemorating the life and outstanding achievements of Ernest Rutherford, Lord of Nelson, is located in Brightwater, near the intersection of State Highway 6 and Lord Rutherford Drive, around 10 minutes drive from Richmond. Great care has been made to construct the memorial...More

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