Routes over the Takaka Hill have varied since surveyor Charles Heaphy and his party first recorded the crossing in 1843, and this book outlines the changes from the first rough walking tracks to the sealed state highway today's travellers are familiar with. The geology, flora and fauna of the hill, the history of its mail coa... read more
The history of the settlers of Central Moutere Successive Maori tribes traversed the Moutere and used the area for seasonal food gathering. They found the wet, heavily bushed valley floors unattractive for permanent settlement. The the east, above the flats, the scrub covered hills were equally inhospitable. The area was sub... read more
A modern edition of the classic history first published in 1937 The 'blurb' for the original edition reads: 'A story of the early Maori of the Nelson District, and its association with Europeans prior to 1842, supplemented with a list of native place names.' Whilst interpretation may change, this remains an important... read more
Nelson has been fortunate. It has kept much of its architectural roots: the past has not been swept away. It is still possible given a bit of fossicking to find remains of all six generations of Nelson's European settlement This inheritance is the subject of this book, with over 580 illustrations of buildings and their arc... read more
The sixth edition of the Nelson Regional Guide Book "Art in its own place" has more than 200 colour pages of artists, crafts people, places to stay, eat, drink and generally make merry. Inspired by the beauty and diverse cultures of the region, the creative sector in Nelson is thriving and ever-changing. It has a wonderfu... read more
Hot rods have made legends, taking the spotlight in all aspects of the beach culture, in movies, and in music. They represent youth, rebellion, and a drive to do things a little differently. The hot rod movement has always been a grassroots, groundswell movement, and underground art form that defies a straightforward chronicl... read more
This book draws on a breadth of sources to bring back memories of the town, its goldfield and the range of characters who celebrated their successes, fled their failures, or simply stayed on to enjoy subsistence lifestyles in a magnificent environment.
The Nelson Potter's Association commissioned this book as part of Nelson's 150th anniversary celebrations in 1990. It was updated in 2000 and this revised edition was completed at the beginning of 2006. The information focuses for the most part on full-time potters in the Nelson Province, but not everyone who has been involve... read more
A handy pocket sized book containing 26 bicycle rides, both road and mountain. Covers Richmond/Waimea, Motueka, Golden Bay and the Lakes/Murchison areas.
This is the story of Nelson's dairy factories, of the skilled workers and administrators who ran them and the producer boards who managed and directed them.
A photographic souvenir of the Nelson region, featuring the colour photography of Criag Potton and other well known photographers. It includes photos of Nelson, Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, as well as Golden Bay.
A Cadsonbury facsimile of the original edition. Selected from a series of article in The Nelson Evening Mail, the stories that make up this volume tell something of the background of Nelson, and more particularly of Golden Bay, in the earliest years of European settlement.
From the 'rations' of war-torn Holland to the 'riches' of New Zealand, this is the story of Wilma & Harry van Beek, their remakable love and their struggle for a better life.
Wilma & Harry, born in Holland in the 1920's, spent their teenage years under German occupation during WWII, and, post-war, embarked on a h... read more
The definitive history of the Nelson region (Hardback).
This book aims to portray some of the strands of past and present that show what we were and where we are going.- Taken from introduction.