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Gardens & Parks

Queens Garden – Nelson City

Nelson city Queens Garden with the nearby Suter Art Gallery and Nelson Provincial Museum is a premier public space for visitors to relax. Queens Garden is part of the Three Gardens Walking trail. Queens Garden features in Three Gardens walking trail.


QUEENS GARDEN NELSON CITY is a garden constructed to commemorate the jubilee of Queen Victoria. Today Queens Garden is a park retreat for city workers and a place for shaded walks and picnics. 


  • Sculptures including The Cupid Fountain. The Cupid Fountain was installed in 1894 by stonemason Johann Belcher.
  • Water Wheel. A water wheel was chosen as a symbolic reference to the Rotary emblem. It is made from 50,000 year old kauri from Dargaville.
  • Boer War memorial and memorial gates at the main entrances to the park.
  • Sentinel sails in the Queens Garden pond. The steel sculpture was inspired by the base of the Nikau palm frond. It refers to the waka and ships which brought waves of people to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Queens Garden view in nelson new zealand
Queens Garden - Instagram @sergiodantas75
Queen`s Garden in Nelson, New Zealand with Victorian ornamental park and cupid fountain, New Zealand
Queens Garden in Nelson

The land chosen for Queens Garden was a favoured pre-European Maori food resource with eeling and fishing in the Maitai River, known as Eel Pond. The pond was deepened, exotic trees, rose gardens and ornamental plantings with a formal axis of trees and shrubs. There is a band rotunda, fernery and a rustic bridge.


Queens Gardens has a number of information plaques describing previous use and the history of plantings within the garden. The gardens are part of a designated Historic Places Trust precinct.

Queens Garden is part of the THREE GARDENS WALK Nelson city trail. The walk finishes in the Queens Garden and enjoy the nearby Suter Art Gallery and cafes. 



Find out more about: 

Nelson city walks

Nelson heritage cemeteries & beyond 

Top short walks in Nelson 

Suter Art Gallery - Instagram @sutergallery
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