Broadgreen Historic House
- Heritage Attractions
Built in 1855, Broadgreen Heritage House is charming cob cottage, beautifully restored and outfitted to show family life in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Step into Broadgreen House and you take a step back in time. Furnished and restored to represent a colonial home of the Victorian era, Broadgreen is one of Nelson's most iconic heritage experiences.
Broadgreen House is a historic two storied cob cottage built in 1855 for Mr and Mrs Edmund Buxton, and their six daughters. In 1901, the house was sold to Fred Langbein, whose family lived in the house until 1965 when it was bought by the Nelson City Council.
The Heritage House experience
Broadgreen Heritage House features a significant textile and period costume collection, including a quilt (one of New Zealand’s oldest) made in Ireland in 1776; and some of Nelson’s early pioneer gowns and accessories.
Broadgreen houses many items which give us a glimpse of Nelson’s colonial beginnings. Some of it’s highlights include a child’s straight-backed chair made from teak salvaged from the wreck of the Fifeshire; a beautiful Kauri sideboard custom-made made for the Langbein’s; a Broadwood Piano bought to Nelson by the Saxtons on the Clifford in 1842; a sepia picture painted by Adeline Chisnall (nee Buxton); exquisite wallpaper from the World’s Fair Paris Exhibition of 1878; a gasolier chandelier from the Tyree homestead, restored by Christopher Vine; an English longcase clock made in the 1750’s; a colonial cot said to have belonged to Everhilda Black (nee Buxton) and much more.
Visitors to the house are given an introductory talk and (free) optional tour.
Broadgreen House is open all year round, every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day
10am – 4.30 daily from 1 October to 31 May.
11am- 3pm daily from 1 June to 30 September.
Nelson and Tasman residents - free
Visitors Students age 5 - 17years $1.00
Visitors under 5 years Free